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Lynk & Co 03: 521bhp WTCR Cyan concept hits the track

Published: 12 March 2019

► Racing in the 2019 WCTR championship
► Geely own both Volvo, Polestar and Lotus, too
► Now in action in the video above

Lynk & Co might sound like a ‘supermarket’s own’ brand of clothing, but it’s another project from Geely – the owner of Volvo, Polestar and Lotus. A few months ago Lynk & Co revealed new pictures of an 03 WTCR concept racer, and now we’ve got a video of it in action. Lynk & Co has also provided some specs for it, too.

What is the Lynk & Co 03?

Motorsport programs are great for two things; burning through cash, but also generating excitement around a brand – and that’s exactly what Lynk & Co is doing. Today, the Geely-owned offshoot revealed the Lynk & Co 03 as a new ‘concept racer’ that’ll take part in the 2019 FIA WCTR championship.

Lynk & Co 03

We’re not entirely sure what concept racer means, but the new car is essentially the third Lynk model - aptly named the 03 – and will be run by Cyan Racing, former WTCR champions. The team previously won with a Volvo S60, so the Geely connection is strong.

‘While this concept might be a bit extreme, we have learned that in order to explore the true characteristics of a car you need to push it to its maximum and that is just what we are doing right now with this car,’ said Thed Björk, racing and development driver for Cyan Racing.

We haven’t seen the new car yet, but we know the new racer previews a forthcoming production car, minus the aero-furniture. And if that’s the case, we’re in for a very divisive looking thing; just look at that gurning front-end!

Lynk & Co 03

How fast is it?

Lynk & Co says the new Concept racer uses a 521bhp two-litre turbocharged powerunit, and it’ll be carried over to the production car, too.

'What you aim for when developing a race engine does not differ much from when developing an engine for a performance road car,’ said Mattias Evensson, head of engine development at Cyan Racing.

‘You do not only want the engine to deliver a lot of power, but also combining the power with a high level of drivability.’

Lynk & Co 03

Lynk & Co 03 full specs

Engine

  • 4-cylinder, turbocharged, 1969cc

Performance

  • 521bhp at 7800 rpm, 504Nm at 4500-7000 rpm
  • Redline 8000 rpm

Transmission

  • Front-wheel drive, 6-speed sequential gearbox
  • 60 ms shift time, multi-plate limited slip differential

Performance

  • 0-62mph in 4,4 sec
  • 0-124mph in 10 sec
  • 62-0mph in 30m
  • Top speed of 310 km/h

Wheels

  • 20" bespoke Cyan wheels
  • 285/30R20 front and rear

Suspension

  • Öhlins adjustable dampers

Brakes

  • Dual circuit hydraulic system
  • 6-piston calipers with 378 mm ventilated discs front
  • 2-piston calipers with 290 mm ventilated discs rear

Weight

  • 1287 kg

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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