Here’s proof Volvo isn’t always about outright safety. It’s the hot new 2012 Volvo S60 TTA racing car that will compete in the Swedish Racing Elite League.
Featuring a full carbon fibre body, the S60, perhaps the sportiest vehicle in the company’s lineup, has been completely transformed into a track-ready monster.
There’s hugely pumped wheel arches front and rear, large vents for air-flow and cooling, an extremely low bodykit, and a large rear wing for ultra downforce.
Under the body there’s a V6 hybrid engine producing 313kW of power, matched up to a six-speed semi-automatic transmission feeding power to the rear wheels.
Other racy highlights include lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels, hiding 370mm front and 360mm rear disc brakes, and a full racing cockpit.
The Volvo S60 TTA will enter into the series later this year, running two teams; one with Volvo aftermarket specialist Polestar Racing, and another with Polestar Performance.
Drivers signed up so far include Robert Dahlgren, Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Bjork. The racing league starts on May 12, at the Karlskoga Motorstadion.