Volvo C30 concepts at SEMA

Special Cars 2 Nov 2006
Volvo C30 concepts at SEMA

At the SEMA Show Volvo has unveiled three unique versions of the new C30 model, created by Evolve Cars, Heico Sportiv and Burton Snowboards, and IPD.


"The C30 represents Volvo’s most appealing offer to the young people who love to customize and personalize their rides," commented Hans Krondahl, Executive Vice President, Marketing, for Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA). "These three cars will definitely spark a lot of interest in the C30 and there is no better place to show them off than the SEMA show."

Built purely as design concepts and prototypes, each tuner took a decidedly different take on what the ultimate Volvo C30 could be. Volvo supplied each company a production C30 T5 with a six speed manual transmission and gave them only one rule to follow: all Volvo safety features must remain functional. Other than that, they were free to let their imaginations run wild.

Volvo C30 by Evolve

Evolve C30The Evolve C30 is defined by Volvo as "the ultimate street performer and track star".

To achieve the muscular stance all the vertical panels were removed: it then added six inches of width at the rear fenders, tapering to zero stretch at the tips of the front fenders.

The pronounced wedge shape and broad rear shoulders give the C30 a menacing hunkered-down look. Up front, an adjustable F1 style front spoiler commands attention. At the rear, a functional diffuser accelerates air as it exits the vehicle to help keep the car glued to the tarmac at speed.

Evolve C30A roof-mounted rear spoiler can be adjusted by the driver to tailor downforce as desired. The body was sprayed in an eye-popping shade of BASF Glasurit Competition Yellow with Silver and Graphite highlights.

Under the hood, Evolve has modified the stock C30’s 2.5-liter turbocharged engine to deliver pavement-blistering performance.

A combination of increased air volume and pressure matched with proper fuel and spark delivery through tuning yields an estimated 507 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and a stump-pulling 468 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,800 rpm. Sequential twin turbochargers are the keys to extracting maximum performance.

Evolve C30Transmission was converted to all-wheel drive, which required underbody modifications to route a driveshaft to the newly installed rear differential. Electronically controlled AWD employs custom software created for this application by Haldex of Sweden. A 6-speed manual transmission puts the driver in charge of the action.

The brake system includes a front caliper made out of more than 100 components resulting in a 14-piston billet aluminum piece. Rear calipers are six piston assemblies.

Each piston/cylinder is finned and exposed to 360º of airflow to reduce the tendency for brake fluid to boil during repeated high-speed use. 

Evolve C30 - EngineSuspensions adopt double-adjustable Koni cartridges and Eibach springs.

Fabricated control arms connect to an adjustable ladder bar to keep the independently acting rear wheels firmly planted under varying loads. Koni struts activated via pushrod assemblies can be spied from the rear of the car through the lower air diffuser.

The Evolve C30 rides on 265/30-19 Pirelli Pzero Rosso tires in front and 355/25-19s at the rear; they are mounted on multi-piece forged alloy Evolve wheels, sized 19 x 9 inches in front and 19 x 14 inches in the rear.

Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv/Burton Snowboard

Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv-Burton SnowboardHeico, a leading Volvo tuner in Europe, has partnered with Burton Snowboards, a snowboard company, for this C30 project.

The cargo compartment is tricked out with an integrated snowboard storage system complete with boot, helmet and gear storage units. 2008 Burton Vapor snowboards, C60 bindings and SL-10 boots will also be showcased with the concept car. Custom blue LED lighting makes the gear glisten in the dark like so many snowflakes on a moonlit winter night.

At home on the switchbacks or the road to the slopes, the Heico/Burton C30 concept is part Paris-Dakar raider, part efficient weekend gear hauler and part stylish, sporty performer. It wears a Heico-Ice 7-stage pearl-effect paint scheme with a wicked “camo” theme. Heico’s custom fabricated full body kit adds a unique front fascia with “cornering” fog lights, a sport grille, side skirts and fender flares plus a rear skirt with integrated diffuser panel.

Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv-Burton SnowboardHeico energized the C30’s powerplant with an extra rush of adrenaline. Volvo’s 2.5-liter Euro-spec engine is fitted with performance enhancements including a modified Borg-Warner turbo and wastegate and air-to-air intercooler with electronically adjusted water injection, all managed by Heico’s power upgrade ECU. Spent exhaust gases are routed through a Metal racing catalyst mated to Heico’s stainless steel sport exhaust finished with quad-tip pipes.

With an estimated 300 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 310 lb.-ft. of torque on tap, long drives to the wilderness are transformed from a routine chore to an extreme sport. When the traffic clears, downshift the 6-speed manual gearbox, put the pedal to the metal and ear-to-ear grins are guaranteed. Of course, Volvo recommends that the driver observe all posted speed limits.

Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv-Burton SnowboardHeico transformed the show car to full-time all-wheel drive, thanks to the collaboration of Haldex. The C30 concept is fitted with electronically controlled AWD with custom software integration that automatically transfers more power to the wheels with the best grip.

The C30 by Heico is equipped with adjustable front and rear Heico coil-over suspension, 8 x 18-inch sport alloy wheels supplied by Volution® and Toyo R888 245/40R-18 tires with custom designed Heico pattern on the tread.

The brakes feature Heico 4-piston calipers with 320mm custom vented and slotted rotors in front and 285mm kits in the back. A vibrant blue hue has been applied to the calipers for a totally rad look.

Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv-Burton Snowboard - EngineThe cabin has the look and feel of premium quality materials. Modified Volvo sport bucket seats are trimmed with handcrafted “Lugano” leather in black and alpaca gray hides with gray stitching and embossed with the Burton logo. Heico further enhanced the interior with its aluminum sport pedals and footrest, shift knob, e-brake handle, door pin set and floor mats. The thick-rimmed steering wheel with auxiliary controls is trimmed to match the seat upholstery.

The leather center console integrates iPOD™ and Motorola MOTO Q units plus Bluetooth hands-free communication. Volvo’s Premium Sound System delivers 650 watts through 10 Dynaudio® speakers and includes a Dolby® Pro Logic II Surround system.

Volvo C30 by IPD

Volvo C30 by IPD - Gull-wing doorsThe main highlight of the C30 created by IPD (International Product Development) is the fully articulating gull-wing doors system.

The wild front-end treatment, widened fender flares and rear diffuser is frosting on an already tasty wedding cake. A Swedish flag-theme paint scheme in Brilliant Blue and Sun Yellow pays homage to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

The C30’s cockpit is trimmed with several yards of Vibrant Blue and Screaming Yellow Alcantra ultra suede adorning the seats and dash. Volvo’s signature slim center control panel has been extended, flowing all the way to the base of the windshield.

Volvo C30 by IPD - InteriorThe exclusive entertainment system is built around Alpine’s V-HUB Pro system; the user interface is an 8-inch LCD Alpine touch screen that provides a safe and intuitive way to manage all the sources available to the driver. Key features include a DVD/CD/MP3 player, Alpine’s full speed iPOD™ integration, Sirius Satellite Radio with “Live Traffic” and Alpine touch-screen navigation with voice control.

Under the hood, K&N’s latest Typhoon air intake system feeds a KKK turbo with compressor upgrade and a Swedish built Lysholm supercharger.

The primary function of the supercharger in combination with the turbo is to provide “big block” performance from a small displacement powerplant. In stock form, the Euro C30’s 2.5-liter turbo engine deliver 218 hp at 5,000 rpm and 236 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm. With IPD’s enhancements, output is estimated at a whopping 384 hp at 7,200 rpm and a mind-bending 408 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 2,200 rpm. The gearbox of choice for this application is Volvo’s slick-shifting 6-speed manual.

Volvo C30 by IPDThe exhaust system features IPD’s 3-inch stainless down pipe with Race Kat and custom exhaust terminated with twin titanium racing mufflers. The action is managed by a custom software tune from IPD’s Swedish partners at MTE.

The fully adjustable KW coil-over suspension provides 2 inches of ride height adjustment and 12-way rebound damping adjustment allowing a wide range of setup options for varying conditions. A rear anti-sway bar from IPD enhances the C30’s crisp handling balance with just a bit more oversteer on tap for extra fun in the twisties and on the track.

Super deep-dish Pentasport alloy wheels portray a classic Euro tuner appearance while Pirelli’s famous P-Zero tires and a Qualife limited-slip differential provide plenty of grip. 

Stopping the action is made easier via an enhanced braking system. Up front are jumbo-size 13-inch rotors with IPD’s exclusive cross-dimpled pattern giving enthusiasts the look they desire while eliminating the potential for rotor cracking. The massive calipers improve rigidity and brake feel for superior modulation.

(Source: Volvo)

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