Polestar 1 test programme evaluates driver experience

By CARSIFU | 6 December 2018

GOTHENBURG: The Polestar 1 verification prototype (VP) testing and evaluation programme continues in the lead-up to production readiness in mid-2019. In addition to crash tests, aerodynamic evaluations and on-road testing, vital areas of assessment are chassis dynamics and the driver experience.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said that for Polestar, performance is more than just acceleration. The way Polestar 1 feels to drive and live with is also critical, he said.

Steering responsiveness and torque vectoring calibration have taken priority in the latest tests, validating the chassis and suspension tuning carried out on earlier prototype cars in 2018.

“Whenever you drive Polestar 1, you should immediately feel like you are in control and that the car is ready to respond to your input, no matter what you want to do," said Polestar’s chief test driver, Joakim Rydholm.

"This is a GT that needs to be easy to drive and comfortable in everyday use with its smooth and quiet hybrid drivetrain – but also ready to deliver its thrilling 600hp and 1,000Nm performance whenever the driver wants it.”

The next prototype phase, which starts early in 2019, includes the first cars built in the soon-to-be-completed Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China. This will be the final prototype series before pre-production cars are built to final specification and quality standards.
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