Drop Everything, Move To Australia: Volvo Could Run A Wagon In Supercars

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I'm not entirely sold on the part of the 2017 V8 Supercars rules that allow non-V8 engines to run yet, because I'll admit: I love that sound. On the other hand, I'm all about the part of the 2017 regulations that allow non-sedan body styles, however, because we could be getting a Volvo wagon. REJOICE!

According to a tip we received today, this came from a source within Volvo who claims that Volvo and Polestar want to run a V60 wagon as soon as the 2017 regulations go into effect that allow other body styles.

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Racing is somewhat of a marketing exercise, and Volvo known around the world for rad wagons. Even in my neighborhood, it doesn't matter if you need some extra room for dogs or if you're a struggling hipster scrimping by to afford artisanal kale cupcakes: you can't do wrong with a classic Volvo wagon.

This is a win-win for everybody, especially those of us pining for the days of the wonderful Volvo 850 in the British Touring Car Championship. Volvo was the first manufacturer team to race a wagon in 1994 with that 850, and it's since become one of the most iconic race cars of all time.

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Haters of cookie-cutter race cars will love the new V8-Optional Supercars body style rules that better reflect the cars available on the road today. Lovers of wagons, well, Australian Santa just popped down our chimney in mid-March with a bag full of awesome.

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Oh, you plucky Swedes. Please, let me swing by with a plate of congratulatory k├Âttbullar to celebrate how you win at life.

Photo credit: Tips (new car), Volvo (850 BTCC)


Contact the author at stef.schrader@jalopnik.com (especially if you have more race-wagons).

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joshbrinzo
Josh Brinzo

I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the rule changes. A Volvo wagon would make this pretty awesome though. I feel that the rule changes are taking place to keep the manufacturers that are currently in it. Ford has stated they will leave, however, I feel that the US Ford will put a Mustang in the series with the changes. If Holden pulls out of Australia as they have stated, then I see Chevy coming in with a Camaro or something like that. These rule changes seem to be there to get more manufacturers interested and to stick around.

The series has me hooked though. I absolutely love the racing and the cars. 2017 will be a very interesting season for the series!