The O2 concept shares its supercar-rigid platform with the Polestar Precept concept, company bosses hint it will become a flagship.
VOLVOThe Polestar sub-brand has unveiled the all-new O2 electric roadster concept that could be a future “heroic car” for the brand. Polestar boss Thomas Ingenlath said it would be “irresponsible” not to push to put it into production in the future.
- New Polestar O2 concept based on adapted Polestar 5 underpinnings
- O2 is inspired by the design of the Polestar Precept concept
- Focuses on sustainability in terms of design and materials
Polestar O2 concept: what is it?
The potential Tesla Roadster rival is based on an adapted version of the aluminum architecture that Polestar has developed for the upcoming Polestar 5 sports sedan, which the firm said earlier delivers “supercar levels” of stiffness of body.
The O2 is inspired by the Precept concept – which previewed the 2024 Polestar 5 – and Ingenlath said it was developed with two aims: to further reinforce the brand’s image as a “brand of luxury sport” and push internal development.
Polestar has yet to release full technical details of the O2, but the car will use the performance powertrain that first appeared in the Precept and will go into production in the 5.
The O2, which has a fixed retractable roof, is significantly shorter than the Polestar 5, at around 4,600mm long, with a reduced wheelbase of around 400mm. This was made possible by removing the “foot garage” – a well in the floor of the Polestar 5’s skateboard frame to increase rear legroom – from the deck. Polestar says this will allow the model to retain high rigidity, ensuring solid handling and dynamics.
The O2 also contains a novelty: an autonomous cinematic drone, developed by Hoco Flow, which can be deployed while the car is rolling to record driving sequences. An airfoil behind the rear seats lifts with the roof down to create a quiet zone of negative pressure that will allow the drone to launch while the car is moving, and it can follow the car at speeds of up to 90 km/h.
Polestar O2 concept: will it go into production
“From the packaging and the way it’s built, it’s possible to put such a car into production,” Ingenlath said when asked by our sister publication Autocar UK if the O2 would lead to a production version. “Our concept cars engender this spirit of being tangible and realistic.”
Although he insisted there were no firm plans beyond the upcoming Polestar 3 (large SUV), 4 (medium SUV) and 5, he added. “What’s beyond 2025, the future will tell. We’ve definitely achieved a dream here, and we’d be very irresponsible if we didn’t do everything possible to actually live our dreams and make them real” , added Ingenlath.
Asked if the O2 could be mechanically linked to future Geely-owned sister brand Lotus models, Ingenlath said: “The O2 highlights what we have created for the Polestar 5. This frame in aluminum is developed by Polestar and serves other purposes, being able to have that big, luxurious GT there in the Polestar 5. This concept we designed for Polestar, and every brand in the Geely group would like to use it , and we are open to cooperation.
Polestar O2 concept: focused on sustainability
The O2 has also been created with a focus on sustainability in design and materials, including a new thermoplastic mono-material used as the base for various components, and the use of recycled polyester for all interior materials. flexible. Polestar says the machine uses recycled materials wherever possible, including in the aluminum shells.
The concept sits on 22-inch wheels and features an aerodynamically sculpted body designed to maximize range by improving airflow and reducing turbulence behind the vehicle.
The focus on sustainability included learning about Polestar’s plan to develop a truly zero-emissions car by 2030. Design chief Maximilian Missoni said: “We’ve taken some of the ideas we have developed from Project Zero in the O2 to say, look, we can create highly emotional and ambitious products while driving people towards this goal of zero emissions. »
Will Polestar come to India?
Well, it is currently unknown if Volvo’s all-electric sub-brand will make it to India. However, Volvo has already started to electrify its Indian range with the launch of the mild hybrid petrol XC60 and XC90 SUVs and S90 sedan, at the end of last year. This year, Volvo will also launch its first electric vehicle, the XC40 refill in India.
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