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Swedish electric car firm Polestar has unveiled an experimental version of its ‘2’ EV at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which hints at a more powerful model.

Designed to help the brand’s team ‘flex their muscles and explore opportunities’, the concept is based on the regular dual-motor Polestar 2 but gains a noticeable power boost that takes the EV’s output from 402bhp to 469bhp.

It also features a wider track, while the ride has been lowered by 30mm too. Wider wheel arches have had to be fitted to house the 21-inch alloy wheels as well. In addition, it’s equipped with various upgrades from Polestar’s flagship ‘1’ GT model – notably its six-piston Akebono front brakes and Pirelli PZero Rosso performance tyres.

Ohlins performance dampers have been fitted, as well as stiffened springs that aim to make the car feel more rigid and planted. A carbon-fibre front suspension strut bar is also a new addition to increase rigidity further.

Joakim Rydholm, Polestar’s chief chassis engineer, said: “This car is what happens when we are given freedom to go beyond our limits. We already have such great handling and performance characteristics in Polestar 2, but when asked to make something special for Goodwood, I was really excited to up the stakes.”

As well as the mechanical changes, the experimental model also gets revised front and rear bumpers, while the car is painted in matte white with a grey racing stripe. Additional colour-coded side skirts and bumper extensions give the model a more aggressive look, too.

The experimental Polestar 2 will be heading up the Goodwood hillclimb throughout this weekend’s Festival of Speed.

The Polestar 2 arrived in the UK last year as the brand’s first mass-market model and had a dual electric motor setup, but the range has since expanded to include a more affordable front-wheel-drive version. Prices now start from £39,900.

Ted Welford

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July 8, 2021