Volvo hopes that it’s recently launched special edition V90 Cross Country will aid the effort to clean up the monumental mess in the ocean. The car interior has been from recycled ocean trash and will help in funding science programs that monitor the health of the seas. Volvo says that vehicle has been built to celebrate the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.
The V90 Cross Country Ocean Race is based on the existing model, 4 by 4, higher ground clearance than the standard V90 and chassis built for comfort and control in adverse weather and road conditions.
There is difference in the aesthetics’ with a matte grey and bright orange color pallet, white exterior and new wheels. But Volvo says that there are some special features which includes a detachable torchlight and extra power outlets while the carpet inlays are made from Econyl, a fabric made from 100% recycled nylon part of which comes from discarded fishing nets retrieved from seafloor.
Taking place after every three years, the Volvo Ocean Race is round-the-world sailing race but after this year’s event it will take place after two years. The 2017-18 edition kicked off from Alicante, Spain on October 22 and will finish in June next year in The Hague, Netherlands.
The boats being prepared for the Volvo Ocean Race Science Program are equipped with sensors to monitor health of the oceans. It includes information on temperatures, barometric pressure, currents and wind speed. Volvo says that each of the first 3000 special edition V90 Cross Country will aid Euro100 to help in funding this program.
Initially the production run will be sold in 30 markets around the globe that includes most nations in the EMEA region along with US, Japan and China.