Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A /InfraPaint.
Present Owner: Tommy Andersson,
Builder:  Volvos Service Dep., Gothenburg, (with Robert L. Kvist, Göran Sällström, Börje Thor, Kent Olofsson and Gunnar Dandenell).
Rebuilder 1985: Volvo Motorsport, with the ETC-System ("Electronic-Traction-Control-System").
Build year: 1982.
Chassis no#:  240A (1984-85) / 606 (1986-present day).
Car status: Stands race ready. (plans restoring the car to 1983 livery)
Technical photos 1983-84:

(photos from 240grupp-A.se archives and Robert L. Kvist)

Present technical photos :
 

(photos from 240grupp-A.se archives )

1982-first appearance.


(photo from 240grupp-A.se archives)
 
Present appearance.

(photo from 240grupp-A.se archives)


Background


Some years ago I started to e-mail with a person, someone I guess that was about my age, who's name I've forgotten sadly. This span many years back to the time when I first started my site around 2000-2002, and I didn't save all my e-amils at that time...

Anyhow, by this contact with this person, I found out that his father, whom worked at Volvo Cars and had bought a racing car from Volvo, more precise a Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A car. Volvo had scrapped the two original Works-car #1 & #2 from 1986, but kept three other cars. One car is today a object at Volvos own museum in Gothenburg, one car was sold to Volvo driver Leif Wiik in Finland and finally a third and last car, a car that was a test car and also a Public Relations (PR) car in 1986.

As the text tells, this car was used when as a PR-car, when motorsport magazines tested and when other PR-stunts was made. But where did this car came from in the beginning? Was it something that the people at Volvo just put togheter in a haste? To function as a PR-car? 

No... The story about this car runs much deeper. This is how it is, in 1982, at Volvo, during the evenings a Robert L. Kvist and some other fellas started a project just for fun. They've started to build a race car out of a Volvo 242 Turbo, a Group-A race machine. The car was built and ready and in 1983 the car actually came of good use for Volvo, because in 1983 Volvo started (in a small way) to engage in Group-A (ETC). So was this just a coincidence? No not quite.

The car built in the evenings at the side of the Volvo Service Department got the name the"Infra Paint-car", and was to be a testcar when new parts needed to be tested, and approved. The name Infra Paint came from a Swedish company in Vänersborg, this company had invented a new way of drying the paint on a fresh painted car, with infrared heat hence the name Infra Paint. The IP-Volvo was used at the track during 1983-84 by Volvo, and was driven by Swedes Robert L. Kvist, Börje Thor, Eje Elgh and Ulf Granberg.

The new ETC-system produced by Volvo (Electronic Traction Control-system) was tested on the IP-car in 1985, later this system also was tested on the track in Group-A. How ever the IP-Volvo was now these days only a test car, to test new technical stuff on. And later in 1986 the car was repainted in the same colours as the 1986 RAS Works team and used as a PR-car and for tests, to drive the PR-people in, or to let the PR-people test in. And in 1986 the car got a new chassis no. (earlier chassis no. was #240A 401) and the car was no. 6 in the line and got the #606 as the new chassis number.

Back to the present. The persons who's dad I mentioned earlier in the text, as he who got to buy this former race car from Volvo, since Volvo no longer had any use of this car anymore. He couldn't just leave the car to be forgotten the Volvo yard, so he bought the car from Volvo for a very symbolic sum, a sum I'm not aware of. The car was brought home to the new owners garage, he started to dismantling the car, the point was to fully restore the car to mint condition, and to register the car as a road car.

At that present time, to have a 240 Turbo Goup-A as a road car was one of the coolest thing to have, now speaking that we are in the end/beginning of the 80's-90's, and the race look was the thing there and then. How the restoration went I have no idea of as I lost the contact to the son of the owner...
 
However the car finally was registered as a road car, but by a new owner by name Kjell Fredlund, who was in his late teens, and he got the car approved for the road. But Kjell owned the car for a very short time, and when he had bought the car he had gotten a huge load of spare parts! So in 1990 the car swapped owner again, now owned by a Lennart Andersson, his purpose whit the car was unknown. But now the car was to just be left standing for many years if I got things right, untouch for many years that is.

Time goes by and 6 years later in 1996 a man by the name Tony Mårtensson buys the car, the car stays with him for about 3 years, and then one day in 1999 the Swedish rally ace Kim Sevius buys the car, what he bought was a former race car in very a poor state... But all the important parts is still on the car!

In 1999 the car had about the same look as the 1985 Eggenberger cars, red and white. Sevius who is a metal worker at a Volvo metal shop starts to restore the car, most of the metal sheets is replaced with new fresh metalsheets, most of the floor had to be replaced, but the reason was not rust but just very poor finish. However this was not a problem for a man who make his living as a sheet metal worker. Sevius owns the car, race the car on the European tarmac rallies, the car was known as a "kitcar killer" for almost 10 years. Now these days the car rest with its new owner whom is a car collector, and his name is Tommy Andersson.  

Important to mention is that this car is one of very few remaining fullblown original Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A cars, thanks to the work by Kim Sevuis!


Text and research by Björn Ohlson©, www.240grupp-A.se® 

Race Calendar

If there are any races missing the reason can be either that the car was not in it or there are no data available. * marks the last race of the season, one timer races is left unmarked.
 
Date Track Driver Championship
83? ,
Börje Thor
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
83? ,
Börje Thor
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
83? Falkenberg,

 

Börje Thor
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
83? Knutstorp,

 

Robert L. Kvist
Kvällsposten Race
830909 Silverstone,

 

Robert L. Kvist (in photo)
Börje Thor
European Touring Championship in Group-A
830925 Zolder,
Robert L. Kvist,
Börje Thor,
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
840610 Brno,

 

Ulf Granberg,
Eje Elgh (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
840617* Zeltweg,

 

Ulf Granberg
Robert L. Kvist
European Touring Championship in Group-A
840708 Falkenberg,

 

Börje Thor
European Touring Championship in Group-A
870718 Kemora,

 

Matti Alamäki
Timo Tuumi
Kemora 500
870822 Jyllandring,

 

Per-Gunnar Andersson
Nordic Touring Championship in Group-A
880430/0501 Sadan Auton Ajot,
Onni Kreivi
 
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880507/08 Hämeelinna Race,
Onni Kreivi
 
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880528/29 Seinäjoen Vauhtiajot,
Onni Kreivi
 
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880604/05 Ahveniston VM-Vauhtipäivät,

 

Onni Kreivi
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880612 Anderstorp,
Onni Kreivi
 
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
880702/03 Kemora,
Onni Kreivi
 
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
880710 Falkenberg,

 

Onni Kreivi
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
890827 Sturup,
Onni Kreivi
 
Sturup Raceway Race
880910/11 Kemora,
Onni Kreivi
 
Finnish Touring Championship in Group-A
? ?
Kim Sevius
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