Lynk&Co’s road-legal version of World Touring Car racer beats Jaguar XE SV Project 8 – albeit in concept guise
Felix Page Autocar writer
23 August 2019

World Touring Car team Cyan Racing claims to have broken the front-wheel-drive and four-door lap records at the Nürburgring with its Lynk&Co 03 Cyan Concept.

A lap time of 7min 20.143sec marks a three-second improvement over Jaguar’s limited-run XE SV Project 8, which broke its own four-door record just last month. However, that car was in full production guise, while Cyan’s model remains a “mass production-based” concept for now.

The previous fastest front-wheel-drive record was held by the Renault Mégane RS Trophy R, which set a time of 7min 40.1sec ahead of its launch earlier this year. 

The 03 Cyan Concept is a road-legal reworking of Geely-owned Lynk&Co’s World Touring Car (WTCR) racer, and is being tested as part of a development programme for what the company calls “an extended performance offer”. 

The record-setting car was powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 521bhp and 372lb ft, but it is not clear if this powertrain will reach any kind of production beyond racing. 

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The 03 Cyan Concept is claimed to accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.4sec and on to a top speed of 193mph. Its claimed average speed around the circuit was 106mph.

Like the touring car on which it is based, it features a prominent front splitter, wide wheel arches, carbonfibre side skirts and a large rear wing.

At the wheel for the record-breaking run was WTCR driver Thed Björk, who said: “The record that we achieved here is something I rank on the same level as my racing titles and a highlight in my part of transitioning development from race to road cars.”

Lynk&Co revealed the standard 03 last year as a China-focused four-door saloon that sits atop Volvo’s CMA platform and offers a choice of conventional and electrified petrol powertrains. 

Henrik Fries, Cyan Racing’s head of automotive R&D, said: “While our main purpose for the many laps on the Nürburgring Nordschleife is development, the records that we broke are a true testament to the potential and capabilities of the Lynk&Co platform, as well as our engineering philosophy from more than two decades of motorsport and road car performance.”

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23 August 2019

 Anyone here think this looks like the Porsche GT3RS that Matt Prior just reviewed in Autocars latest video?, the Lynk&Co definitely has design cues I think of a 911 or a Panamera, maybe it’s the color?

Peter Cavellini.

23 August 2019

The front reminds me of Cayenne / Macan.

But overall there is something Saab about it, especially in profile. The '& Co' bit in Lynk & Co is daft. If Geely manages to buy the Saab brand from its current owner it would be a perfect fit - two Swedish car makers under one roof, one sporty (Saab), the other sensible (Volvo)

23 August 2019
abkq wrote:

The front reminds me of Cayenne / Macan.

But overall there is something Saab about it, especially in profile. The '& Co' bit in Lynk & Co is daft. If Geely manages to buy the Saab brand from its current owner it would be a perfect fit - two Swedish car makers under one roof, one sporty (Saab), the other sensible (Volvo)

Daft how? They simply brand themselves using their legal entity name.

23 August 2019

 just looking at the other images you can see at least five maybe six other brand design cues?!

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23 August 2019

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Normaayala

23 August 2019

new Jaguar time was 7 mins and 17 secs?  However its severly battered the time set by Renault. 

23 August 2019

 I thought Link&Co were an EV brand?

23 August 2019

521 bhp through the front wheels and 0-60 in 4.4 secs as well? Impressive!

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Linda Loomis

24 August 2019
That claim is as ridiculous as Jaguars was with that absurd XE.

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