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2007 Volvo C30 (created for Volvo Cars North America)

Monday, January 1, 2007

  Las Vegas, Nevada (October 31, 2006)  Whether it's shock, awe or envy, the Volvo C30  SC  concept by International Product Development (IPD) elicits raw emotion   like a Vegas skydiving wedding. In this case it's a marriage of a street-smart Swedish-bred sport compact united with a versatile globally recognized Volvo tuner. The result is a match made in heaven: A head-turning, jaw-dropping, show car ready to capture the hearts and minds of all that embrace it.

    This highly modified C30 was built for an enthusiast with a passion for the ultimate show-stopping, technology-laden performance machine. Instead of ordinary, every facet is extraordinary   inside, outside and under the hood. A drive around the block turns into an event. Car power equals star power on the show circuit. The more electronics the better on this ride. Self-expressive, one-of-a-kind magnetism sends the senses soaring for the clouds.

    The IPD C30 doesn't fly   but it looks like it could take wing. Fully articulating gull-wing doors generate double and triple takes. This exquisite feat of engineering catapults IPD's show car into the league of ultra-exotic, mega-buck masterpieces. The wild front-end treatment, widened fender flares and rear diffuser is frosting on an already tasty wedding cake. A Swedish flag-theme paint scheme in Brilliant Blue and Sun Yellow pays homage to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

    But IPD didn't stop there. The C30's cockpit is trimmed with several yards of Vibrant Blue and Screaming Yellow Alcantra ultra suede adorning the seats and dash. Volvo's signature slim center control panel has been extended, flowing all the way to the base of the windshield. And the C30's sound system has been morphed into a mobile entertainment and information nerve center that's out of this world.

    Built around Alpine's V-HUB Pro system that allows for factory integration of serious aftermarket hardware. The user interface is an 8-inch LCD Alpine touch screen that provides a safe and intuitive way to manage all the sources available to the driver. The system employs Alpine's latest digital amplifiers and component level speakers for sonic clarity that brings tears to the eyes faster than a Vegas honeymoon. Key features include a DVD/CD/MP3 player, Alpine's full speed iPOD  integration, Sirius Satellite Radio with  Live Traffic  and Alpine touch-screen navigation with voice control.

    All show and no go simply doesn't cut it in this exclusive neighborhood. So the IPD C30 is bristling with the latest in aftermarket performance and handling upgrades. Under the hood, K&N's latest Typhoon air intake system feeds a KKK turbo with compressor upgrade and a Swedish built Lysholm supercharger. The primary function of the supercharger in combination with the turbo is to provide  big block  performance from a small displacement powerplant. In stock form, the Euro C30's 2.5-liter turbo engine puts out a respectable 218 horses at 5,000 rpm and 236 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm. With IPD's enhancements, output is estimated at a whopping 384 ponies at 7,200 rpm and a mind-bending 408 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 2,200 rpm. The gearbox of choice for this application is Volvo's slick-shifting 6-speed manual.

    Spent exhaust gases find an easy exit through the IPD 3-inch stainless down pipe with Race Kat and custom exhaust terminated with twin titanium racing mufflers. All the action is managed by a custom software tune from IPD's Swedish partners at MTE. Got boost You bet! The supercharger provides a 6-psi boost from just 2,000-rpm producing a strong kick that builds smoothly and climbs way beyond the point where the turbo takes over. Getting to the wedding on time is no problem with this ride.

    The fully adjustable KW coil-over suspension provides 2 inches of ride height adjustment and 12-way rebound damping adjustment allowing a wide range of setup options for varying conditions. A rear anti-sway bar from IPD enhances the C30's crisp handling balance with just a bit more oversteer on tap for extra fun in the twisties and on the track.

    Super deep-dish Pentasport alloy wheels portray a classic Euro tuner appearance while Pirelli's famous P-Zero tires and a Qualife limited-slip differential provide plenty of grip.

    Stopping the action is made easier via an enhanced braking system. Up front are jumbo-size 13-inch rotors with IPD's exclusive cross-dimpled pattern giving enthusiasts the look they desire while eliminating the potential for rotor cracking. The massive calipers improve rigidity and brake feel for superior modulation.

    Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes take note: The IPD C30 is based on a European spec version of Volvo's new sport compact. This exciting addition to the Volvo lineup made its world debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. As a new segment entry for Volvo, the C30 is expected to reach the U.S. market during the 2008 model year.



Community Comments

Monday, March 9, 2009 - FRANK

the car looks great. wish i could hear how it sounds. i especially like the whole flag theme. great job you guys.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 - ANONYMOUS

Beautiful! Work shows through, and this is the way people dream of a tuner car. Originality, function, and now... let's see the numbers! This looks like a really capable autocrosser, even better rally or rally-cross... Just curious, is there an AWD and/or a turbo model? If so, there's one to do in black or some other subdued color... something to make HIN judges sweat...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - QUIN

This car is just outstanding, the design is flawless, Great work you guys!!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - STEVEN

i really love the car ther only thing is the doors not really liking that if they where more like lambo doors then maybe...but really the car is great work guys do my volvo like that

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - JASON

That i have to say is one of the better cars I've seen, Great job guys!

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - ANNIE

The car looks great, just would of liked to have seen the car in a side profile view.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - TOM

Fantastic piece of work! I love seeing Volvo's being modified, it's extremely unique and I love the profile. Where are those Pentasport Wheels from? I want them!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - MARSHALL MCCORD

i really like the sweden flag theme of the car its cool yall did good

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - BRYCE

I love this car! I love both Volvo and Saab especially aftermarket stuff. Great job!

Sunday, January 24, 2010 - MICHAEL

Great job on this car,i have a C30 myself. Would like to hear of it sounds with that exhaust. Greetings from Sweden

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - JASON ESHLEMAN JR

I love this car. By far my favorite!!! I really plan on getting a C30 soon. BADASSS

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - BRANDON ELLIS

WOW.... I mean it really just makes me speechless, just... wow...

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - FORD KANZLER

What a great design/fabrication achievement. But the next question is whether Volvo is going to take any of that performance into a notably stronger version of the C30 or is it just going to let GTI's run circles around it?

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - ROBERT TERRANCE MULLANE III

Thanks a million ipd guyz and gurlz. You have succeeded at making a Volvo sexy. After all the years and all the un-sexy Volvo cars I have owned, I never once; in my farthest-away concepts or most hyper-creative dream-sequencing chimeras, could I ever imagine this feat was possible by human beings ! Yes. Congratulations! Respectfully, Dr. Robert T. Mullane III

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