Testing of Lynk & Co “race car for the road” is underway in Spain.
Last year, Cyan Racing, the former competition department of Polestar, teamed up to turn the Lynk & Co 03 into a thoroughbred race car that will compete in the 2019 WTCR championship. It’s since been transformed into a road-legal model dubbed the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept, which can be seen on move for the first time in a new video released by the company showing the car being tested in sunny Spain following winter testing in Sweden.
Described as an "interpretation of a race car for the road”, the Cyan Concept utilizes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces an impressive 528 hp at 7,800 rpm and 372 lb-ft of torque between 4,500 and 7,000 rpm. The four-cylinder unit is paired with a six-speed sequential transmission that sends power to the front wheels via a multi-plate limited slip differential. 0-62 mph takes 4.4 seconds before the concept tops out at 193 mph.
The Cyan Concept rides on a set of 20-inch wheels housing massive 14.8-inch brake discs up front with six-piston calibers, and 11.4-inch discs at the back. It also weighs just 2,837 lbs, which is about the same as a Lotus Evora.
"What you aim for when developing a race engine does not differ much from when developing an engine for a performance road car. You do not only want the engine to deliver a lot of power, but also combining the power with a high level of drivability,” said Mattias Evensson, head of engine development at Cyan Racing. "Although the Lynk & Co engine in the concept car is relatively small in relation to the power output, its design allows us to achieve both plenty of power and low-rev responsiveness.”
After testing is completed in Spain, the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept road car will join race team in pre-season testing at the "most legendary circuit in the world.” Presumably, the automaker is referring to the Nurburgring. No word yet on whether the Cyan Concept will enter production, but Lynk & Co plans to start selling cars in North America in 2021.