Concept Cars: Volvo T6 Roadster Concept

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Volvo T6 Roadster Concept
Volvo T6 Roadster Concept
Volvo T6 Roadster Concept
Volvo cars pulled the cover off an exciting new concept car at the 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada. The T6 Roadster takes Volvo to the drag strip with its 1930's inspired body, fat rubber and low beltline.

T6 Roadster is a hand-built hotrod based on Volvo components and a twin turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine from a car manufacturer more widely known for safety and function. Fabricated entirely by hand, painstaking effort went into creating every part.

You won't find a mail-ordered headlight or a grille on the T6 Roadster. What you do find are OEM Volvo parts including a 200kW twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter inline six-cylinder engine from an S80 donor.

Where you find the engine, however, isn't under the bonnet. Behind the doors neatly tucked under the bum is the engine and automatic gearbox. In the transplant process, the engine and five-speed Geartronic automatic now spin the rear wheels.

Far from standard and nearer to the extreme, the engine stays comfortably cool via some lateral thinking. The deck lid automatically lifts when a preset temperature is reached inside the engine compartment.

In the nose behind the fabricated egg-crate grille is a small compartment containing the mechanicals for the functioning ABS brakes and the top-notch audio equipment.

The custom fabricated frame utilizes rear subframes from the donor S80. If you didn't notice, the stainless steel wishbones for the independent front and rear suspensions are fabricated. Makes mounting the 20x8.5-inch front wheels and 22x10-inch rear wheels that bit easier.

Volvo C70 spindles, custom carbon-fibre leaf springs and a shortened S80 steering rack can be found up front. Around back are S80 front spindles and lower trailing arms with remote-reservoir Ohlins shock absorbers.

The rear coil-over shocks, incidentally, are centrally mounted in the engine compartment. Braking up front is handled via six-piston calipers and 330mm discs. The rear discs carry across from the Volvo S80.

Inside, the T6 Roadster looks as if it rolled off the Volvo factory line in Torslanda, Sweden. Aside from the seats, the instruments, headrests, shifter handle and pedal assembly are all tattooed with a Volvo part number. A steering wheel from a Volvo S60 adds a sporty look, while the instrument panel has been hand fabricated to locate the gauges centrally in the passenger compartment.
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