The remarkable Volvo P1800 Cyan is a car like no other and AutoTopNL recently had the opportunity to test it out.
Cyan Racing is the official racing arm of the Geely Group and has used the original Volvo P1800 as the base for this restomod. The car is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 413 hp and 355 lb-ft (455 Nm) of torque that’s paired to a dog-leg five-speed manual transmission. This engine is based on the one used in the Volvo S60 TC1 race car and has actually been tested to 528 hp.
Those are some pretty remarkable figures for a four-cylinder and making the P1800 all the more impressive is the fact that it weighs just 990 kg (2,182 lbs). Consequently, it is pretty quick and during this review, sprinted from 100 km/h (62 mph) to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 8.32 seconds.
Elsewhere, this modern-day P1800 has new bodywork, wider tracks and large wheels. Many of the parts are made from carbon fiber, including parts of the chassis that are also reinforced with high-strength steel.
Driving the car seems to be an absolute joy. While Cyan Racing could have done what some other companies are doing with classics and converted it to an all-electric powertrain, it stuck to its motorsport roots and has created something that really gets petrolheads blood pumping.