About a week ago, we at Jalopnik wrote skeptically about what might happen when you take your neighborhood soap box derby race and invite some over-educated Swedish engineers with lots of money to spend. Even if soap box racing rates just slightly above the three-leg races at the annual father-daughter picnic in the motorsports hierarchy, we were encouraged by talk of lots of money spent and the inclusion of shiny things like carbon fiber bodywork and ceramic brakes.
When all was said and done, the entry from Volvo went a staggering 54mph without any sort of propulsion system. While the race was nothing more than a bunch of tall, blond engineers blowing off some steam, word is that some Hollywood producers are lining up to buy the car in order to look down their noses at smug Prius owners.
In Volvo Gravitas: Volvo's Extreme Downhill Racer [Internal]