The development at Polestar’s UK base continues, and it is clear that the production car will remain true to the design from the Precept.
Polestar has shown off the final production version its 5 grand tourer in a behind-the scenes video. This shows how the design evolved from the Precept concept.
Polestar’s UK R&D center has been transformed into a development centre for the groundbreaking Precept roadcar. The firm is pushing ahead with a 2024 production car launch. The design work for the production car is still ongoing. It is evident that it will have a steeper roofline, physical doors handles and more subtle side skirts.
Nahum Escobedo, exterior designer, stated that “there are definitely a lot more things we need to solve”, but stressed that the design changes will be evolutionary and not revolutionary. He said that “from concept to production,” they are “very close to that idea.”
After being closely previewed last year by the Precept, which was originally created to showcase the ambitions of Volvo’s sister brand, the 5 was confirmed for production. It showcased a variety of innovative materials with sustainability at their core. Flax-based composites reduced weight by up to half and achieved a reduction of plastic weight of upto 80%.
Interior materials of the Precept include recycled PET bottles, reclaimed fishing wires, and recycled cork vinyl.
The UK team of Polestar is focusing on the Precept development and looking at challenging engineering solutions. This Swedish manufacturer seeks to upscale the production of sustainable materials for the EV.
The number of employees at UK’s R&D center at MIRA Technology Park will increase significantly for the brand. In the near future, the workforce will increase to approximately 500 people. The centre will also continue to collaborate closely with the Swedish headquarters.
Polestar isn’t the only company to expand abroad. The brand will also build the Polestar 3 SUV at Volvo’s Ridgehill, South Carolina, factory.
Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, stated that “going electric is a pivotal point in the history car industry.” Our cars will be among the most durable and high-performing on the road thanks to the combination of Swedish engineering talent and British engineering talent.