It’s funny how you can sometimes overlook a real gem in the motoring world. One such gem that’s passed me by until today is the Volvo C30 Polestar, a hardcore 400bhp version of Volvo’s handsome but typically underwhelming sports hatch.

The Polestar, officially a one-off concept, isn’t your average warmed up range topper mind. It’s had a complete engineering makeover from Polestar, the tuning firm behind Volvo’s Swedish Touring Car Championship effort.

So it gets a turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine (also found in the Ford Focus RS), a Haldex all-wheel drive system, a pair of clever differentials, brakes borrowed from a Ferrari F430, downforce-producing aerodynamics and a full-on race suspension system.

I was a passenger in the Polestar in this afternoon’s Supercar Run at Goodwood, with race-winning Swedish touring car driver Alexander Storckenfeldt as my pilot. Thoughts? Well, in the real world, this is almost as quick a car as you’ll ever need.