liter Volvo V8
hp @ 5850 rpm
lbs per hp
hp per liter
(from Volvo Press Release)
Hotrod with a Volvo heart
Leif Tufvesson is one of Sweden’s most skilled specialist car
constructors, with many of his cars having received serious
international acclaim. The hottest of them all right now is the new
Caresto V8 Speedster, a mid-engined car with an ethanol powered
Volvo V8 unit. With the advent of the V8 Speedster, the term Sport
Rod has been born. The car will be given its premiere public outing
at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Leif Tufvesson, who in 2004 won the prestigious “Hotrod of the year”
award from Hotrod Magazine, now returns with a completely new car.
Leif previously worked for the Volvo Concept Center, and for 6 years
was responsible for the development department of the Swedish sports
car manufacturer, Koenig. He has now started to construct and
manufacture his own cars. His cars have won innumerable prizes over
the years and, among others, have received a great deal of acclaim
at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas – the largest exhibition platform for
specialist car constructors in the world.
The latest project is a mid-engine Hotrod powered by a Volvo V8. The
car is completely constructed in aluminum and carbon fiber with an
advanced sports car chassis fitted with Öhlin shock absorbers. The
question is whether or not this is a genuine Hot Rod that Leif has
"Actually, it’s a sports car with a design idiom that is a further
development of the classic Hotrod. Perhaps it could establish a new
school of thought and coin the term Sport Rod. My idea was to build
a car that was as much fun to drive as it was to look at.
Road-holding characteristics have never been the hallmark of
traditional Hotrods," says Tufvessson.
The cars are designed with just this in mind – excellent road
holding with an ideal 60/40 (back/front) weight distribution
The car is extraordinarily well built, with millimeter precision in
every part of the bodywork. The leather interior is exquisitely
crafted with a nostalgic retrospective feel. The steering wheel,
instruments and gear selector come from Volvo, as does the V8
engine, the 6-speed automatic transmission and the car’s electrical
system. The engine is tuned with the environment in mind, and has
been converted to ethanol by Scandinavia's leading car tuning
Leif Tufvesson has built and designed the entire car himself, though
he has taken advantage of his wide contact network of
sub-contractors in terms of paint finish, interior fittings and
CAD-milling. Everything else is manufactured and assembled in his
workshop in the old brickworks outside Ängelholm in the south of
It has taken Leif less than two years to build his SEMA display car
and one similar to it, which is residing back home. The two cars are
identical, though in different colors. Leif and his company,
Caresto, a name also sported on the grill of the car, had two
objectives when building the cars: "On one hand the aim is to sell
the cars and it is my hope to build at least six examples of this
particular model. On the other hand it is, in fact, for my own
enjoyment’s sake, because I love building cars. It’s my hobby and at
the same time, it’s my job."
An interested buyer would have to be prepared to pay around 2.5
million Swedish kronor (approximately $338,000). But then, he would
also have a tailor made and unique car, manufactured in extremely
high-tech materials and with the high performance of an advanced
Many experts within the motoring world have praised Tufvesson for
the high level of quality and attention to detail on his cars. The
whole exterior and interior design has also received equal amounts
of acclaim – an area where Leif has collaborated with car designer
Per Gyllenspetz, who, with his 20 years of design experience, has
guided the design.
A number of the car’s different components deserve special mention.
The removable composite hardtop is a great example of Tufvesson's
craftsmanship. The three integrated rear-view cameras, the advanced
techniques of the rear lights as well as the CAD-milled aluminum
details such as wheel spindles, exhaust panel, interior details and
the lamp housing for the Hella Xenon headlights. A detail such as
the temperature controlled hood that opens automatically for
additional cooling just shows how everything has been completely
well thought through.
And finally, Tufvesson has also succeeded in producing an extremely
inspiring exhaust note from Volvo’s new V8 engine. It sounds more
racing than cruising, which is perhaps the hallmark of a real Sport
built tubular-steel frame with front and rear sub-frames.
A-arms of polished stainless steel. Öhlin’s coil over shock
absorbers, mounted inboard.
Rear: Double A-arms of polished stainless steel.
Öhlin’s coil over shock absorbers.
Body: Hand crafted aluminium. Carbon composite.
Removable roof panel/hard top.
Engine: Mid-mounted V8, 4.4 litres, Volvo B8444S.
Ethanol converted by BSR, Sweden
gasoline, 315 bhp at 5850 rpm.
ethanol, 340 hp at 5850 rpm
Gearbox: Six-speed Geartronic automatic transaxle with
sequential manual shifting.
Brakes: Anti-lock brake system. Brembo 4-pot callipers.
Ø 355 mm (14”) brake discs.
Colorado Custom Gunnison
Dimension front: 20 x 8.5”.
Dimension rear: 22 x 10”.
BF Goodrich G-force
Aluminium. Volume: 65 litres.
Curb weight: 1200 kg (2646 lbs).