While Polestar won't build full cars for Volvo anymore, its new Chinese factory is being tooled to deal with its first carbon fiber-heavy production car, the all-wheel drive hybrid Polestar 1. And to justify the halo product's $155,000 MSRP, the Polestar 1 will come standard with a lot of carbon fiber composite.
The carbon isn't just to improve its power-to-weight ratio and crash protection, but to make the chassis as rigid as a serious performance car's should be.
The list of carbon fiber panels includes the hood, trunk, side fenders, doors, and the entire roof structure. But Polestar goes one step further, introducing a structural "dragonfly" somewhat similar to the one Lamborghini built into .
Polestar says this dragonfly-shaped component radically improves torsional stiffness at one of the critical points in the body structure, between the middle of the floor and front-rear construction. And as we all know, a stronger rear means better handling.
All in all, the carbon fiber saves more than 500 lbs. compared to steel, with some added design benefits when it comes to the roof. Since the carbon structure is thinner and stronger, Polestar could go for a much lower roof line, with the glass panel stretching the length and width of the roof, integrated with minimal intrusion from body elements on the inside. That translates to a wider view of the clear skies above you.
Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar and former design head of Volvo says the Polestar 1 "looks as good as it is to drive." Which, mind you, is a must at $155,000 goodies.