There are good restomods and questionable ones. This, friends, is a good one. Imagine if Singer decided to tackle the Volvo P1800. This could be the result. But this isn’t built by Singer. Instead, the Volvo experts at Cyan Racing have crafted this love letter to a Swedish icon. The Volvo P1800 Cyan is the perfect blend of vintage made modern. It loses none of the appeal and amplifies all of the emotion.
The engineers at Cyan Racing are responsible for churning out world championship-winning race cars. They know how to build. So instead of starting with a tube chassis and a Volvo S60 body, the Cyan team turned to the past. A donor P1800 now runs on a bespoke chassis. The body is built using high-strength steel and carbon fiber. And the motivation to run hard is provided by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine used on the Volvo S60 TC1 race car. It produces 420 horsepower and 336 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed to the rear axle through a Hollinger five-speed gearbox. Quite the power package considering this car weighs just under 2,200 lbs.
The suspension is adjustable. Those brakes are large four-piston units front and rear. And the center-lock 18-inch wheels run 235 series tires up front and 265 meaty boys out back. This entire setup is built around making for an enjoyable driving experience. Per development driver and racer Thed Björk,
“We are really satisfied with the level of grip and precision that we have achieved from the chassis in combination with a responsive steering. The car goes where you point it. You can be brutal going into a corner and still find your apex and exit within millimetres. The settings of the car are not aimed at fast lap times but rather to deliver an enjoyable and exciting driving experience. I feel my smile widening each time that I control the drift angle of the car through a long turn.”
We have no idea how much one of these will cost. Cyan Racing will build you one though if you reach out. Based on the bespoke nature of the chassis and body, however, it won’t be cheap. For those with the dough, however, this is far more interesting than any supercar on sale today. Be a hero. Buy this wonderful machine.