If you were able to make it out to the V8 Supercars Sydney 500 over the weekend, you would have had the chance to check out the Volvo’s 2014 V8 Supercar engine.
In case you didn’t know, Volvo will be entering the V8 Supercars next year with two Volvo Polestar Racing S60s.
Volvo Car Australia Managing Director, Matt Braid, lifted off the covers on the engine which will be powering the S60s in next year’s championship. The Volvo B8444S 4.4-litre production V8 has been modified and built specifically for racing in the V8 Supercars.
Compared to the other engines in the championship it will be one of the smallest on the grid next year. The soundtrack too is quite radically different. We look forward to hearing it on the track.
Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar, said of the race engine: “We have completed a number of high-rev simulations and long-distance runs and we’re very happy with the figures and outcomes we’ve achieved. The next step is to fit the engine to the race car an continue the pre-season development timetable.”
Volvo first started developing this engine back in March 2013, and the first completed block was produced in October. Then, following that a dyno run in mid-November, was able to give a solid indication of where it was at.
If you want the hard core details, have them for you to look over below:
Block: Modified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block
Heads: Modified Volvo B8444S, aluminium
Bore x Stroke: 95.5 x 87.1
Compression Ratio: 10:1
Max revs: 7500rpm
Induction: Naturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies
Liners: Cast in steel liners
Valve Train: Double overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets, chain drive
Ignition: Volvo B8444S coil on plug
Injection: Port injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar