Polestar 2 Arctic Circle (2022): an electric rally car ready for driving on ice

Cold and an electric car don’t usually mix. However, Polestar is unveiling a concept car this winter 2022 which derives directly from one of its models, the Polestar 2. Called Polestar 2 Arctic Circle, the concept transforms the sedan into a real rally car, ready for driving on snow or on ice. It was designed by Joakim Rydholm, Polestar’s chief chassis engineer and rally driver in his spare time.

Based on a Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor equipped with the Performance pack, this concept car benefits from ground clearance raised by 30 millimeters, additional LED lights installed on its grille and bumper, a front skid plate in carbon fibre, 19-inch OZ rims, studded tyres, four-piston Brembo brakes, a towing eye and Öhlins shock absorbers. Steering stiffness and responsiveness have also been enhanced. On the aesthetic side, the Polestar 2 Arctic Circle concept is painted in a matte gray color on which its name and the number 2 have been affixed.

A carbon fiber snow shovel

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Polestar 2 Arctic CircleCredit Photo – Polestar

On board this unique vehicle, Polestar has installed two anthracite gray Recaro bucket seats, on which we discover gold lettering and belts. The atmosphere is therefore more sporty, even if the high-tech dashboard of the production version has not been affected. A tow rope and a carbon fiber snow shovel are even available in the trunk, in case the car ends up in an awkward position.

No huge power gain

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Polestar 2 Arctic CircleCredit Photo – Polestar

Under the hood, the concept car therefore embeds a dual electric motor whose power has been increased to 476 hp, against 473 for the basic version. Not sure that the power gain offers a real difference, especially since the torque of 680 Nm has not been modified. A mode specifically dedicated to launch control has however been added. The car is equipped with a 78 kWh battery which normally provides 395 kilometers of autonomy. In very cold conditions, this seems inevitably doomed to be reduced.

The Polestar 2 Arctic Circle must remain a concept for the moment. No release date has been announced.

In short

Raised ground clearance, OZ rims, studded tires, Brembo brakes, bucket seats… This Polestar 2 no longer has much to do with the production model. And for good reason, it was transformed by an engineer from the Swedish manufacturer to become a real rally car, intended for driving on snow or ice. This concept car is called Polestar 2 Arctic Circle.

Quentin Gueroult


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