Lynk & Co has begun testing its Cyan Racing concept on track in Spain. The performance concept is equipped with a 1969cc turbocharged unit that features in the 03 production road car and has now been tweaked by the engine development team behind Volvo’s 2017 World Championship-winning 1.6 liter.
“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.
The four-cylinder powerplant produced peak power output of 530ps at 7800rpm and maximum torque of 504Nm between 4500rpm and 700rpm. Paired to the engine is a 6-speed sequential gearbox, which offers shift times of just 60ms. This means the performance concept will hit 100km/h in 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 310km/h.
“We have done this journey before with the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar in combination with our previous motorsport program with Volvo Cars and Polestar,” said Henrik Fries, head of automotive R&D at Cyan Racing. “To build a road car based on the Lynk & Co 03 World Touring Car Cup race car is an exciting and important step forward for our future programs.”
The Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept is Cyan Racing’s interpretation of a race car for the road, utilizing the same technology as the Lynk & Co 03 TCR race cars that Cyan Racing will compete with in the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup.
“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 strive to find the optimal balance between responsiveness and performance in combination with predictable, balanced and safe behavior. This is the same base philosophy as when we develop race cars. I love driving this car as much as my race car.”