Need For Speed Polestar 1 Cover Car Is Real, Build Coming to SEMA

Here's something that couldn't come too soon for those of you who love to dwell on the car renderings that have taken over half the Internet these days: an argument against naysayers who claim this is just pixel play that doesn't take one anywhere. And this argument comes in the form of the Polestar 1 cover car of the upcoming Need For Speed: Heat game, which is coming to life in the next 30 days.
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That's right, the said timing means the air cutter that is this once-a-Volvo (Polestar is the Swedeish carmaker's new standalone brand, remember?) is headed for SEMA.

So while other shops are working to put a manual on a Huracan under the tic-tac pressure, for instance, Serkit Studios will place the NFS aerodynamic armor on this Polestar. Guess they must get their hands on one of the first, if not the first, customer cars, so it's likely that the carmaker is on board. Then again, with NFS: Heat basically debuting at the same time as this year's edition of SEMA (the Vegas venue takes place between November 5 and 8, while you'll find the game's dates in the teaser below), it all seems to make sense.

Come to think of it, such builds require a new hashtag, one that will be completely relevant for the 2019 SEMA: #notasupra.

Heck, the actual kit we have here will be slightly more aggressive than the one used in NFS: Heat, as Khyzyl Saleem, the digital artist behind the package, explains on Instagram - make sure to use the swipe feature of the post below for the complete eye candy.

And it looks like the pixel magician is following the 5-year career rule, as yesterday was his last day in the service of Electronic Arts (maker of the NFS series), following an adventure that nearly lasted for the interval mentioned above. Nevertheless, moving on to a company that actually builds his kits (the Live To Offend label) doesn't sound so bad, does it? Check out the second Insta post below.

Then again, the Polestar 1 didn't need the NFS treatment to stand out. And I'm not even talking about the looks of the Grand Tourer.

Instead, I'm referring to the quirky packaging of the hybrid: the front axle is motivated by a two-liter turbo that's also supercharged, while each of the rear wheels gets an extra electric motor. All in all, the machine throws 600 hp and 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) at the 5,100 lbs it has to carry around and does so intelligently, as you'll notice in the Carfection-delivered prototype drive at the bottom of the page.

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Today marks my last day working for EA - Electronic Arts/GhostGames & @needforspeed after almost 5 years! I felt this is the right time to start the next chapter of my life by fully focusing on @lto_livetooffend & my own Designs properly. That also means PRINTS & real MERCH! FINALLY! Or well, to at least attempt it, I won't ever know if I dont try right?! - - I remember joining NFS 2015 halfway through the project as a Concept Artist in pure amazement, it was something entirely new and I didn't really know what I was in for. I didn't actually start working with cars, it was a lot more World/Environmental based which was a great challenge. Fast forward, 4 years, I leave EA having worked with an incredibly talented team, managed to learn 3D/Modelling along with Rendering & have had some great moments in this studio, including a Star Wars title & Battlefield 1! I've had an incredible time and made some friends for life and learnt so much. I leave a little sad but also incredibly excited as I start a new chapter in my life. Don't get me wrong, I'm terrified, but sometimes we have to take risks to chase the things we really want in life I guess. Thank you all for your kind words and all your support, you have no idea how much it means to me! Thank you everyone at Ghost! And best wishes for the release of HEAT!!! - - #goodbye #EA #Ghostgames #NFS #needforspeed #sadbuthappy #thankyou #khyzylsaleem #kyza #ks #lto #livetooffend

A post shared by Khyzyl Saleem (@the_kyza) on Sep 27, 2019 at 6:12am PDT

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