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Volvo 240: The underappreciated motorsport icon tackles drifting | Articles

Volvo 240: The underappreciated motorsport icon tackles drifting | Articles

Let’s face it, when the general public views a Volvo 240, they think people mover or grocery getter. However, those in motorsport know better. The Volvo 240 won touring championships back in the day. It performed well in rally and was great in endurance racing. And, if you question the viability of a Volvo in racing, just ask Randy Pobst, who wins with a Volvo 740 today.

However, William Stipes and his crew wanted to move the needle further on the Volvo 240 platform–by taking one drifting.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole.

Let’s rewind. Stipes had a Volvo wagon sitting around. However, friend Chase Castle found another one that needed far less work. Stipes also had a 4.6-liter Ford engine, with some aftermarket cams, rods, pistons and a VSRacing 7875 turbo, collecting dust. Stipes thought, why not use the Volvo, swap the engine and make the leap from drag racing to drifting.

You might think that he could have used a more conventional car for starting out in drifting. Maybe a Nissan Silvia. Perhaps a C6 Corvette. Or even a Miata.

It’s definitely not the most picked chassis or swap, but LSes are overrated,” William says. “I like wagons–and Volvo makes a nice wagon. They just look cool. There’s just something about a brick traveling through time and space with no aerodynamics.”

Not only do Volvos seem to defy physics, they just look so refined and sophisticated, too, especially for the time when this 1980 Volvo 240 was sold new.

Before I ripped the interior out, it was a very classy car, but we couldn’t use most of it,” says William. “The outside is classy, but the inside is trashy.”

The Volvo 200 Series offers other benefits besides adding an air of sophistication.

The chassis is rigid,” says William. “For modifying anything, it takes a lot of hammering. They’re well built–other than the motors that come in them.”

That problem’s solved. Plus, William’s transplanted modern 4.6-liter Ford engine puts out horsepower in the “low 400s” for a car that weighs only 2980 pounds. While the parts may be readily available for the Ford, what about the chassis itself?

Car parts are fairly cheap, if you can get them from over the pond,” William asserts. “We use LucaCarMods [in the Netherlands]. He’s got the angle kits [for the front-end suspension in drifting]. It was like $500 to $600 for the kit. Shipping costs a bit, though.”

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