Swedish automotive manufacturer Volvo will enter the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in 2016, it has been announced.
Volvo will compete in the championship through its Polestar performance brand’s motorsport partner Cyan Racing. The multi-year agreement with Eurosport Events, the promoter of the championship, will begin in 2016.
The team will field two race-ready versions of its flagship S60 model – the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1.
Polestar Cyan Racing will join Citroën, Honda and Lada in endorsing the new-generation TC1 technical regulations in the series, which is governed by the FIA, motorsport’s global governing body.
Volvo added that Polestar Cyan Racing will spend the remainder of 2015 testing and developing its S60 Polestar TC1 car in preparation for next season, with details of the driver line-up to be announced in due course.
“As a famous touring car marque, and as a name synonymous with both technology and safety, it is fitting that Volvo is the latest manufacturer to join the World Championship,” FIA president Jean Todt said.
“This new entry is testament to the maturity of the WTCC and to the attractiveness of the TC1 regulations for manufacturers. My hope is that Volvo, with its S60 TC1, and the FIA World Touring Car Championship will enjoy great success together.”
François Ribeiro, the head of Eurosport Events, added: “The introduction of the FIA’s TC1 regulations coupled with Citroën’s participation has raised the bar from a technical and sporting point of view during a short period of time. Far from scare off manufacturers, they've pushed Lada to change completely its approach and required Honda to chase more performance. Now Volvo has found the challenge of the WTCC and the building of a TC1 car – a perfect fit for its global S60 model – irresistible.”