Volvo may be joining V8 Supercar series, an Aussie web site, is reporting that
Volvo will officially announce its upcoming participation in the
V8 Supercars championship in Queensland on June 17, at the launch of its
Polestar sedan. The discussions have apparently been going on for weeks, but agreed to hold off on the announcement until
Volvo’s board had approved the deal.

If entering the series, the automaker will race a rear-wheel-drive
S60, with a series-required naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, making about 650 horsepower, mounted in the nose of its tube-frame chassis. While Volvo has offered a Yamaha-sourced 60-degree 4.4-liter V8 in the past, mounted transversely in both its SUV and sedans, it will likely need a 90-degree V8 for racing.

Volvo’s entry would be good news to the V8 Supercars series, as it would be the third
new entry this year, joining the
Mercedes-Benz E-Class and
Nissan Altima as they battle the traditional
Ford Falcons and
Holden Commodores. The next race is the Skycity Triple
Crown, scheduled for June 14-16 in Darwin. (Pictured above is the
Belgian Touring Car Championship Volvo S60.)

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