Volvo P1800 Cyan speeds into Jay Leno’s garage

The Volvo P1800 Cyan restomod first shown in 2020 was recently featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage”, with Cyan Racing managing director Hans Bååth explaining the ins and outs of the build.

This car started out as a 1964 Volvo P1800 and was delivered to Cyan Racing, the Swedish racing team formerly known as Polestar, before Volvo reassigned that name to the current EV brand. The project actually had its origins in 2017 as a way to celebrate a recent world championship and the sale of the company’s road car division to Volvo, Bååth said.

Volvo P1800 cyan

Volvo P1800 cyan

Volvo P1800 cyan

Volvo P1800 cyan

Volvo P1800 cyan

Volvo P1800 cyan

Extensive modifications began with the body. Some of the original steel monocoque was retained, but with reinforcements to address the original P1800’s lack of structural rigidity, Bååth said in the video, adding that some of the steel is a modern formula not available in the 1960s. the bodywork is all carbon fiber, which helps keep curb weight below 2,200 pounds. While the body looks mostly stock, almost everything has changed from the original P1800, Bååth explained. For example, the track was widened and the wheels were moved closer to the corners to achieve better proportions. And a fuel cell now lives in the trunk.

Cyan Racing also replaced the stock 1.8-liter turbo-4 with a modern 2.0-liter turbo-4 derived from a World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) racing engine, making 420 hp and 336 lb-ft of torque here. It’s housed in a remarkably clean-looking engine bay, with the turbo tucked away under the exhaust manifold. That’s symbolic of the handling characteristics Cyan Racing was going for, Bååth said, as the goal was to make the drivetrain feel naturally aspirated.

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The relatively compact engine also allows for a 47/53 front/rear weight distribution and drives the rear wheels through a manual gearbox. Australian firm Holinger’s 5-speed manual transmission was chosen specifically for its mechanical feel, Bååth said.

Feel was the priority here, rather than lap times. The engineers could have done a few things to make the P1800 faster, but the emphasis was on making it fun, Bååth said. The P1800 lacks traction control, anti-lock brakes, and electric brake assist but, in a tradeoff for convenience, has electric power steering. That helps with parking maneuvers, Bååth noted.

Cyan Racing built this car as a one-off vehicle, but it is now headed for production. Cyan Racing is accepting orders, but customers will have to pay at least $700,000 for one. So if you like what you see here, start planning a bank robbery.

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