Polestar has released a video of the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe being tested in extreme winter conditions on a test track in Sweden. The first running prototype of the Polestar 1 was put through the paces in harsh conditions with temperatures as low as -28 degrees Celsius (-18 °F).
Polestar’s test drivers focused specifically on Polestar 1’s torque vectoring system, which is enabled by two rear electric motors with individual planetary gear sets. Chassis balance was further optimized thanks to the advantages of testing on ice, allowing the test drivers to better analyze and react to the car’s behavior while driving.
During the tests, the Polestar teams tested different shock absorbers, springs, anti-roll bars and rubber bushings for the Polestar 1. Just with the anti-roll bars, the Polestar team tested 20 different options, 10 for the front and 10 for the rear, with each bar only having a 0.5 mm difference in diameter – from 20-25 mm.
“Our test drivers have given us some enthusiastic feedback on the handling and dynamics especially,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar.
The next step for the Polestar 1 will be its debut in China for the first time, next week at the Beijing Motor Show.
Last month Polestar also announced that it is now taking pre-orders for the Polestar 1 in 18 countries with a $2,500 deposit.