Polestar O2 roadster concept makes debut

With production of the Polestar 1 coupe nearing its end, the new O2 roadster is set to take its place as the marque’s halo model

Following its reveal in March 2022, Polestar has given us our first proper look at its O2 concept at Goodwood Festival of Speed, the marque's glimpse into the future of the electric sports roadster. The marque’s lineup has so far been limited, but with the imminent launch of three new production models, and this new concept offering a glimpse at what’s to come, it’s clear that it’s not slowing down.

Though there are currently no plans to put the model into production, the all-electric hard-top convertible will replace the Polestar 1 as the marque’s halo model with an increased focus on sustainability and driving thrills. Details on its powertrain haven’t been disclosed, but the O2 is built upon the same aluminium platform found in the upcoming Polestar 5 saloon.

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Developed by Polestar’s UK-based R&D team, chassis adaptations make for a 400mm reduction in wheelbase over the Polestar 5 with high rigidity and advanced damping keeping roll to a minimum. The result, says Polestar, is a ‘lively’ driving experience with ‘predictability and playfulness’ key to the experience.

Exterior design takes strong influence from the striking Precept concept, combining its 2+2 cabin design with a low, wide stance, small overhangs and a long wheelbase. Being an EV, aerodynamics are also vital for maximising range and performance, and so Polestar has integrated discrete ducts throughout its design to improve laminar air flow and therefore efficiency – even the rear lights have an aerodynamic function, acting as air blades to reduce turbulence.

As with all of Polestar’s models, the O2 has a strong focus on the use of sustainable materials. Inside, all soft materials are derived from recycled polyester, with a ‘thermoplastic mono-material’ utilised for other interior elements. Multiple grades of aluminium are also used throughout for improved performance and increased recyclability – components are even labelled with their grade of aluminium to streamline the recycling process.

Though such a feature is unlikely to make it past the concept stage, Polestar has also equipped the O2 with an autonomous drone, designed to capture external footage of the car in motion at speeds of up to 56mph. Developed in collaboration with Chinese consumer electronics brand Hoco Flow, the drone is launched from behind the rear seats and shielded by an aerofoil to provide a pocket of clean air during deployment.

Polestar claims it is possible to put the O2 into production, but with its efforts focussed on the upcoming 3, 4 and 5 models until 2024, it has no plans to do so just yet.

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