While most people know Misha Charoudin for driving ridiculously fast cars around Green Hell, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Charoudin is a bit of a Volvo fanatic, having owned three of them in his automotive history. Therefore, he is certainly qualified to talk about the Polestar 1 while riding it around the “Ring”.
The journey begins in all-electric mode where the Polestar is very quiet, around the entrance area. Unlike many other vehicles in its class, the Polestar 1 offers an impressive range of 125 kilometers in electric mode. Once on the right track, Charoudin engages the right hybrid mode where the electric motor and the heat engine work in harmony. It’s already clear that while the Polestar 1 is marketed as a GT car, it can still boogie.
The vehicle reaches around 200 km / h in the quick sprint out of the gate in compression before the start of the lap. After driving around the Hatzenbach bend, Charoudin was already gaining confidence with the capabilities of the Polestar 1. Even with its enormous weight, the vehicle’s intelligent torque vectoring system hides it very well throughout the lap. Unsurprisingly, the factory suspension setup does produce a bit of understeer, but Charoudin said it could induce take-off-oversteer if needed.
While you might be led to believe that batteries contribute most of the vehicle’s weight, they aren’t as bad as you might think. The batteries are heavy but are placed low in the car to optimize vehicle dynamics. As such, the vehicle has a weight distribution of 48% front and 52% rear.
Engineer Polestar sitting next to Charoudin says the vehicle also comes with Ohlins shocks that allow up to 24 different suspension settings. Already immensely satisfied with the car, Charoudin suggested it could go further with a stiffer suspension and track tires.
While we don’t have the Misha Charoudin pilot mentality, let us know what you think of the Polestar 1 in the comments below.