(from Volvo Press
Release) The V8 Speedster still shines
The Caresto V8 Speedster
also shines bright on the Volvo stand at SEMA.
The V8 Speedster, a mid-engine car with an ethanol-powered Volvo V8
powerplant, initiated the playful term "Sportrod" last year when it
had its premiere public outing at the 2006 SEMA show.
"Actually, it's a sports car with a design idiom that is a further
development from a classic Hotrod. My idea was to build a car that
was as much fun to drive as it was to look at. Since driving
dynamics have never been the hallmark of traditional Hotrods, the
term "Sportrod" felt pretty good," says Leif Tufvesson.
The car is designed with just this in mind - excellent roadholding
with an ideal 60/40 weight distribution. The V8 Speedster is built
completely of aluminum and carbon fiber and has an advanced
sports-car chassis featuring hlin shock absorbers all round.
The interior in leather is exquisite, with a nostalgic retrospective
feel. The steering wheel, instruments and gear selector come from
Volvo, as do the V8 engine, the six-speed automatic transmission and
the car's electrical system. The engine is tuned with the
environment in mind and has been converted to run on ethanol.