The Polestar 1 verification prototype testing and evaluation program continues in the lead-up to production. In addition to crash testing, aerodynamic evaluation and on-road analysis, vital areas of assessment are chassis dynamics and the driver experience.
For Polestar, performance is about much more than just acceleration. Steering responsiveness and torque vectoring calibration have taken priority in the latest tests, validating the chassis and suspension tuning carried out on earlier prototypes in 2018.
Polestar’s chief test driver, Joakim Rydholm, commented, “When driving Polestar 1, you 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. 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 phase, due to begin early in 2019, will involve the first cars built in the Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China, construction for which is almost complete. These will be the final prototypes before the pre-production cars are made to final specification and quality standards.