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Volvo's new WTCC safety car leans heavy on the safety (pictures)

Thanks to a new partnership with the FIA, you can look forward to seeing this bright blue bad boy on the track at every World Touring Car Championship race.

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Volvo V60 Polestar WTCC Safety Car
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There's no better way to highlight your brand's mix of sport and safety than putting a safety car on the track.

Volvo V60 Polestar WTCC Safety Car
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Under the fancy aesthetic is a standard V60 Polestar, packing 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet from a turbocharged six-cylinder engine.

Volvo V60 Polestar WTCC Safety Car
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To bring it up to track snuff, Volvo equipped its safety car with a roll cage and both rescue and communication equipment.

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So, technically, the car you see here is even safer than the car you get for the road, which is already properly safe.

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Volvo only brought 120 of these bad boys -- 80 wagons, 40 sedans -- to the US for the 2015 model year. They cost about $60,000 a pop.

Volvo V60 Polestar WTCC Safety Car
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You can catch this car in action for the first time on April 1, when the WTCC kicks off its season at France's Circuit Paul Ricard.

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