Swedish premium EV maker Polestar debuted Polestar 5’s development prototype on Thursday, driving up iconic Goodwood hill at the Festival of Speed, a four-day sporting event that concluded on 26 June.
Polestar 5 is a high-performance electric 4-door GT with proper sports car credentials. Planned for launch in 2024, it is the production evolution of the Precept concept car first shown in 2020, the company said.
Sharing details of the advancement in the vehicle’s development, the company said a new top-of-the-line electric powertrain is being developed in Sweden. A new rear electric motor will provide superior output, along with 800-Volt architecture, it said. Combined with a high-output front electric motor, the complete dual motor powertrain aims to deliver 650 kW (884 hp) and 900 Nm.
“The platform combines low-volume performance car attributes with modern technological advances to bring light-weight, high-rigidity sports car chassis technology into mass production,” said Pete Allen, Head of Polestar UK R&D.
The UK team has taken the opportunity of working with a new mechanical platform to design and develop a unique bonded aluminium chassis, a prime factor in delivering the vehicle’s signature dynamics to create the desired driving experience, the company said.
Commenting on the occasion, Jörg Brandscheid, Polestar’s CTO and Head of R&D, said the new powertrain combines strong electric motor engineering ability with advances in light-weight platform technology to create the product.
The brand’s top-of-the-line sports EV ran up the Goodwood hill twice daily during the event in the “First Glance” group, the company said. It is the third of three new EVs expected to be launched by Polestar in the coming three years, following the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 electric SUVs.
Polestar’s YouTube documentary series shows how the company is transforming the Precept concept into the production Polestar 5 in a lot more detail than is usually revealed during a car project, the Swedish automaker said.
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