VOLVO HAS confirmed it will return to Australian tin-top racing after linking up with V8 Supercar team, Garry Rogers Motorsport.
The Swedish car manufacturer, which has reportedly pumped $6 million into the campaign, will rebrand the team Volvo Polestar Racing from 2014 and will race a pair of S60 sedans based on the performance models launched to the Australian market earlier today.
Volvo will modify its own Yamaha-designed and built 4.4-litre V8 engine for the campaign, opting against the unbadged Chevrolet unit supplied by the category as reported by other media outlets.
Team boss Garry Rogers welcomed the arrival of the fifth manufacturer to the team, with the Swedes also revealing his Melbourne-based squad was the only party they had discussions with.
“For myself and all our staff and sponsors who have been with us for a considerable time, the opportunity to utilise the Car Of The Future regulations to introduce Volvo to our category is certainly very exciting,” said Rogers, “and I know that if we continue to work hard it will also become very rewarding.
“I am still a racer at heart and the big plus of this relationship that impressed me more than others manufacturers I had spoken to was the fact these people had done their homework on the COTF rules and regulations, and could see the commercial opportunities that this offered.”
Garry Rogers Motorsport has returned to the front of the field in 2013, with Kiwi rookie Scott McLaughlin taking wins at Pukekohe and the non-championship round at the Grand Prix.
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