“How would you like to be a competitor in the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) at Brands Hatch this year and get flogged by a Volvo C30”
– Anthony Crawford
That’s precisely what will happen on the 26th and 27th of July this year when the little Volvo goes racing in the UK.
Not only that, it will do so, running on the green fuel E85.
If you think I’m kidding, think again. In the Swedish Touring Car Championship where it’s also the only E85 powered car, the C30 “GREEN RACING” entry has already scored three pole positions in just seven races. And just for the record, it’s also led almost half of all laps driven!
The C30 is still in the early stage of development and the Brands Hatch event should see it up against the best cars in the business. That’s strong teams from Honda (Accord Euro R)
Seat (SEAT Leon TFSI)
and Chevrolet (Chevrolet Lacetti)
The WTCC is an International Touring Car Championship sanctioned and organised by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’automobile) and kicked off in 1987 but only lasted a year due to the FIA’s concern that it’s popularity would steal some thunder from Formula I racing.
But by 1993 the Supertouring category had gained a large following so the FIA put together the World Touring Car Cup which was an annual event attracting drivers from around the world. Our own Paul Radisich, driving a Ford Mondeo, won that inaugural race. He won it again in 1994 again, in a Mondeo.
The current WTCC series is limited to cars of 2000 cc without the modern driver aids such as; traction control, ESP, ABS, VVTi etc.
Good luck to the C30. We’ll be sure to let you know how it goes in the race.
VOLVO C30 E85 SUPER 2000 – TECH SPECS
A standard C30 body reinforced by a safety cage and side impact protection on the driver’s side, developed in collaboration with Caran.
Front splitter and a rear spoiler wing developed by Polestar in Volvo’s wind tunnel.
All aluminium, transversely mounted, 5-cylinder, inline, four-valve, 1999 cc. Minor modifications on the cylinder block, and cylinder heads, while valves, cam shafts, pistons, connecting rods, and the crankshaft have been replaced by racing components.
Oil: Castrol 5W-30
Output/torque: 280+ hp at 8,750 rpm. 230 Nm at 7,300 rpm
Stainless steel with catalytic emission controls, manufactured by Ferrita.
6-speed sequential gearbox with straight-cut gears, manufactured by Hewland. Front-wheel drive. Mechanical differential with a torque controlled ramper and friction discs. SACHS 184mm two-disc carbon fibre clutch.
Weight: Min weight 1,134kg including the driver (58-60kg)
Front wheel suspension:
Ohlin’s McPherson struts developed with Polestar. Race-specific support arms and adjustable anti-roll bar
Rear wheel suspension:
Multilink system with coil springs and Ohlin’s dampers and adjustable anti-roll bar.
Performance Friction, 4-piston callipers with radically and axially ventilated discs 332×32 mm.
Alcon 2-piston callipers with axially ventilated discs 290×10 mm.
Servo-assisted rack and pinion.
Michelin 17” slicks or rain tyres