Buyers of the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback will be able to select from two leading-edge ride performance technologies from DRiV™: shocks and struts equipped with Monroe® RideRefine™ RC1 frequency-dependent damping valve; and an optional performance package featuring the Ӧhlins DFV (Dual Flow Valve) adjustable dampers. DRiV is a Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) business and leading global aftermarket and ride performance supplier. The first all-electric model from the electric performance car brand of Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding, the Polestar 2 will begin production in early 2020 in Luqiao, China.
“This is truly a performance vehicle with unique requirements for driving agility and comfort,” said Nik Endrud, group vice president and general manager, DRiV Ride Control. “By relying exclusively on DRiV’s latest ride performance technologies, the Polestar 2 engineering team has helped ensure that every version of this impressive new vehicle will deliver an exciting and extremely enjoyable driving experience.”
The standard Polestar 2 ride performance package will include shock absorbers equipped with the Monroe RideRefine RC1 valve, which operates in concert with the dampers’ main valves to deliver a highly refined ride experience in sports cars, luxury vehicles and SUVs. The RC1 valve utilizes frequency dependent damping technology to smooth out high-frequency wheel motions caused by rough roads. This reduces vehicle body motion and noise for a more comfortable ride without compromising tire grip, vehicle handling and direct steering response. The add-on valve can be tuned to meet manufacturers’ desired ride experience for each vehicle.
The Ӧhlins DFV dampers offered in the Polestar 2’s optional performance package enable vehicle owners to tailor chassis damping and ride quality to road condition, driving style and other variables.