Polestar has evolved its Precept concept by unveiling its boldest show car yet, the Polestar O2, a car which, according to the Swedish-based brand, “opens the door to our secret chamber of future potential”.
It even comes with its own built-in “cinematic autonomous drone”.
Volvo’s EV subsidiary which recently went on sale in Australia has created the radical two-door all-electric sports car as a “vision of open-air performance and a thrilling driving experience – with all the benefits of electric mobility “.
The Polestar O2 is actually a sports car adaptation of the Precept concept that is currently being readied for production. However, instead of a high-performance luxury sedan designed to take on the Tesla Model S, Lucid Air and future EVs from legacy brands, the O2 has a 2+2 layout and only two doors.
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It’s the pinnacle of an onslaught of new models from Polestar as it seeks to establish itself in the Tesla-dominated EV space and ride a wave of electric cars sweeping the auto industry.
For the Polestar O2 the focus is clearly on the design, with no details on what’s under the skin except that it’s powered by batteries and electric motors.
« Polestar O2 is the hero car of our brand,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar.
“It’s a taste of what we can design and engineer with the talent and technology we have in-house. It sounds amazing, and being able to lower the roof and not hear an engine promises a great feeling.
Performance is clearly a goal, although, as with the recently released Polestar 2, the focus is also on cornering dynamics.
“As with all our cars, we are more than just straight-line sprints,” said Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar. “It’s when you turn the steering wheel that the real fun begins.”
Polestar worked on body strength engineering as part of this dynamic focus, the O2 straddling a glued aluminum platform.
There is also a focus on aerodynamics to maximize the EV range – which has not been disclosed – including things like LED taillights that act like an air gap to separate the flow of wind, as well as side vents to smooth airflow to the side. of the vehicle.
Inside, the focus is on sustainable and recycled materials as part of Polestar’s environmental focus. Recycled polyester is used for everything from foam to fibers, which the company says “simplifies recycling.” There’s also a new thermoplastic “mono-material” chosen for durability.
Additionally, there is a drone that sits behind the rear seats. It’s designed to fly alongside the car “to record the perfect driving sequence”; it definitely takes the concept of dashcams to the next level!
The “cinematic autonomous drone” can follow the car up to 90 km/h and has different modes depending on the type of footage the driver wants to capture.
“We wanted to emphasize the experience you can have with a car like the Polestar O2 in new and unusual ways,” said designer Missoni.
“The integration of an autonomous cinematic drone has allowed us to push the boundaries of innovation. Not needing to stop and unload the drone before filming, but rather to deploy it quickly, is a key advantage of this innovative design.
For now the Polestar O2 is officially a one-off concept car designed to draw attention to the brand, but Ingenlath told overseas media that while the focus is on bringing the Polestar 3, 4 and 5 to market over the next three years the company will do all this can bring the O2 production sports car.
“What’s beyond 2025, time will tell,” Ingenlath said. “We definitely achieved a dream here and we would be very irresponsible if we didn’t do everything we could to actually live our dreams and make them real.”