Volvo Cars has revealed a special version of its V90 Cross Country all-road wagon to celebrate the start of the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race.
The 2018 V90 Cross Country Ocean Race edition will be at U.S. retailers this spring. Buyers of the car will contribute directly to helping understand the health of the world’s oceans. To support the Volvo Ocean Race’s Science Program around ocean plastics, the company will donate $116 for each of the first 3,000 V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race cars it plans to build. The resulting total donation of $348,000 underlines Volvo Cars’ long-standing commitment to environmental care, according to the company.
The Volvo Ocean Race Science Program equips boats in this year’s race with a variety of sensors that will capture data from some of the remotest parts of the world’s oceans. This includes temperatures, barometric pressure, currents and wind speed, which will help contribute to more accurate weather forecasts and climate models used by scientists globally, according to Volvo.
Furthermore, the boats will measure levels of salinity, dissolved CO2 and algae in the sea water around them. Combined with other data on microplastics, these measurements will help create a more complete picture of the scale of plastic pollution and its impact on ocean life, according to Volvo. The program’s science partners include NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“As a company, we work to minimize our impact on the world around us, so this project’s innovative approach to tackling a major environmental problem was a great fit for us-not least as we head towards an electric future,” said Stuart Templar, director of sustainability at Volvo Cars.
The car itself will help tackle the problem of marine pollution, as the carpets inlays are made from Econyl, a fabric made from 100-percent recycled nylon, including abandoned fishing nets reclaimed from the seabed, according to Volvo.
The V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race was developed by Volvo designers and a group of engineers within the company’s special vehicles department, a purpose-built facility at Volvo Cars’ base in Torslanda, Sweden.
Taking the existing model as a starting point, the V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race comes with all the standard features customers have come to expect from a Cross Country model, such as all-wheel drive, increased ride height and a chassis optimized for comfort and control in all weather and road conditions, according to Volvo.
A special, expressive design and color palette inside and out sets the V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race apart from its siblings in the 90 Series. Matte gray and bright orange details are combined with a Crystal White exterior color and special wheels and stitching, according to the company.
The initial production volume of 3,000 cars will be sold in 30 markets around the globe, including most countries in the EMEA region as well as the U.S., Japan and China.