A camouflaged Volvo P1800 was spotted on the streets in Sweden a couple of months ago, and now its identity has been revealed. Former Volvo factory racing team and triple World Touring Car Championship winner Cyan Racing has created this stunning restomod, simply named the Volvo P1800 Cyan.
Penned by a young Swedish design student who happened to be the son of a Volvo engineering consultant at the time, the Volvo P1800 first made its debut back in 1960. The concept for the Volvo P1800 Cyan was to imagine the P1800 as a race car back in the sixties being converted into a road car, thus modern essentials such as stability control, ABS, and a brake booster are absent. The idea of going electric was bypassed, and instead Cyan has focused on the engine, aero, and chassis design.
A 1964 Volvo P1800 was selected as the base car for this project, with the body being refined and reinforced using carbon fibre and high-strength steel to add structural rigidity. While looking similar in appearance to the original, the body also features a repositioned greenhouse, wider track, and larger wheels among other design refinements.
Weighing in at just 990kg, the P1800 Cyan is powered by a modern 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 413hp and 455Nm of torque, paired with a five-speed bespoke Holinger gearbox. Cyan has designed new independent rear suspension to replace the original rear axle, and now both front and rear suspensions are fully adjustable.
While the project celebrates the Volvo P1800’s 60th anniversary, Cyan intends to offer the restomod in very low numbers with pricing kicking off at US$500,000.