Volvo Polestar Racing has today shown off its brand new S60 racer that will make its debut in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship.

The new car was driven across the Sydney Harbour Bridge before sunrise, ahead of a morning launch on the shores of Sydney Harbour.

Following months of speculation, the distinctive Valvoline-liveried Volvo S60 racer was shown off to waiting fans and media, with the new car being presented by the team’s frontline drivers, Scott McLaughlin and series rookie Robert Dahlgren.

Also on hand were Polestar Racing team principal Garry Rogers, Polestar CEO Christian Dahl and Volvo Car Australia’s managing director, Matt Braid.

“This is an historic day in the history of Volvo Car Australia,” Braid said.

“As the first luxury car manufacturer to enter V8 Supercars with a factory team, we’re delighted to reveal our Volvo S60 race car to meet the challenge of the world’s toughest touring car series and strengthen the presence of the S60 model line – and Volvo brand – here in Australia.”

McLaughlin and Dahlgren pose with their new Volvo S60 racer“Polestar has been Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motorsport partner since 1996, and has campaigned Volvos in the World Touring Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and, currently, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. To that end, we’re looking forward to the challenge of the V8 Supercar Championship,” Dahl added.

“For all the GRM staff it is incredibly satisfying to see the next step of all the hard work and energy they have put into designing and building the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar over the last 12 months,” team principal Garry Rogers said.

“During this process, this same group of workers were also responsible for the preparation and running of our 2013 V8 Supercar Championship cars, so it makes me extremely proud to be surrounded by such a never-say-die group. We cannot wait to get on with the racing.”

Powered by a bespoke 650bhp 5-litre V8 engine, the S60 has a projected top speed of almost 300km/h and a standing 0-100km/h acceleration of just 3.2 seconds. To confirm with the ‘Car of the Future’ regulations, the new car also features 18-inch wheels, a transaxle six-speed sequential gearbox and independent rear suspension.

Aside from the significant backing of returning title sponsor Valvoline, the team’s S60s will also showcase the sponsor stickers of Volvo Car Financial Services, Volvo Trucks, Cummins, Hexis, Freem, Browne & Co and Clingtape.

The new car will make its on-track debut at this weekend’s open pre-season test at Sydney Motorsport Park on Saturday before the season-opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide on March 1.

Images via Volvo Polestar Racing and V8 Supercars Championship Media

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