RE: Cyan unveils 528hp 'road car' version of WTCC car

RE: Cyan unveils 528hp 'road car' version of WTCC car

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Cyan unveils 528hp 'road car' concept: Update!

Like the idea of Cyan's road-adapted Touring car? Well, seeing it in action is unlikely to put you off



The bug-eyed and not at all catchily named Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept - revealed last week - was a surprise to us given the identity of the bill-payer. But the race team responsible for its development it is clearly not messing about: "This car is a development platform for future production performance road cars based on Lynk & Co technology," said Henrik Fries, Head of Automotive R&D at Cyan Racing.

As statements go, that's a fairly unambiguous one. And it's not like the team is lacking in experience. As Fries points out, "we've done this journey before with the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar" back when the team ran Volvo's own motorsport programme.

The detail of the 528hp Concept in question is laid out below, although it's safe to say that it's very definitely a road version of the TCR car which will feature in this season's 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 BjΓΆrk, racing and development driver.

To prove BjΓΆrk's point we get the first video of testing - and on actual roads, to boot. The location is Spain (rather than Sweden) and if you can get passed those headlights, it looks pretty tasty to us. "We strive to find the optimal balance between responsiveness and performance in combination with predictable, balanced and safe behaviour. This is the same base philosophy as when we develop race cars. I love driving this car as much as my race car."

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Original story - 04/03/19

If you thought it odd that Lynk&Co, a brand mostly concerned with the car sharing industry, is to go racing in the World Touring Car Championship this year, the arrival of a performance car concept that could preview a future road model must seem even more bizarre. After all, firms directly involved with car sharing normally centre their attention on run-of-the-mill vehicles that suit modern urbanites, not 528hp saloons with whacking great rear spoilers. Not that we're complaining.

In the weeks leading up to the 2019 WTCC opener, Cyan Racing - the outfit previously known as Polestar until Volvo bought the brand name for its performance division - has adapted the Lynk&Co 03 four-door model from racer to road specification. Although with close to 270hp per litre from a turbocharged 1,969cc four-pot and 410hp per tonne (the car weighs 1,287kg), we use the term loosely.


The motor, which produces its peak horsepower at 7,800rpm and outputs 372lb ft of torque at 4,500-7,000rpm, is still linked to a motorsport-spec sequential gearbox that can bang through each of its six speed in just 60 milliseconds. Power is passed through a limited slip differential on the front axle.

Consequently, 62mph comes up in 4.4 seconds, 124mph in just 10 seconds, and top speed is 193mph. Naturally, it'll corner like a proper track car too, with a set of adjustable Ohlins dampers hidden behind those 20-inch wheels, which come wrapped in 285-section rubber. Braking is handled by enormous six-piston front and two-piston rear calipers.

With such a tantalising setup, Cyan Racing's creation looks like a rival to the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, but one with an even more direct link to motorsport. Will this 528hp 003 make it to the road proper? Given that nobody expected Lynk&Co to go racing in the first place, it seems nothing's off the table. That being said, we wouldn't get our hopes up of seeing one of these on the rental car list anytime soon. Not that we'd complain about that either...










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talksthetorque

Original Poster:

7,112 posts

85 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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I would move house to be next to a car share parking space if that was rentable by the day.

Salamura

401 posts

31 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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Am I reading this right? 520 bhp - front wheel drive??? That'd be undriveable...

AmosMoses

3,625 posts

115 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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steveb8189

257 posts

141 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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Salamura said:
Am I reading this right? 520 bhp - front wheel drive??? That'd be undriveable...
I hadn't spotted that but explains the disappointing 0-62. Pretty impressive to do the next 62 in just 5.6 seconds though!

dazwalsh

4,744 posts

91 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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The headlights should have been embedded in that black grille that runs the width of the car, not half way up the bonnet like a Nissan juke.

Otehrwise it looks agressive and impressive

cookie1600

1,389 posts

111 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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dazwalsh said:
The headlights will be embedded in the rear of the car in front
Amended that for you

fernando the frog

297 posts

18 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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is this an audi with a bodykit? never heard of lynk&co before

SturdyHSV

6,775 posts

117 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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Front wheel drive? Really?

redroadster

1,060 posts

182 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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Frog face .

aaron_2000

3,520 posts

33 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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That might be the ugliest car I've ever seen.

HM-2

4,749 posts

119 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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fernando the frog said:
is this an audi with a bodykit? never heard of lynk&co before
It's a Volvo(ish) sub-brand.

Onehp

1,245 posts

233 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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SturdyHSV said:
Front wheel drive? Really?
Bit older version of this basically (V60 Polestar/Cyan):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2rvLBiUEAQ

This is ~6:50 for the Nordschleife lap. Yes it's slicks and downforce. But also 'only' 400hp and, indeed, FWD...

GT119

902 posts

122 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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dazwalsh said:
The headlights should have been embedded in that black grille that runs the width of the car, not half way up the bonnet like a Nissan juke.

Otherwise it looks aggressive and impressive
I think they are, what you are looking at are the DRLs and maybe the indicators.

http://image.superstreetonline.com/f/169455072+w+h...

Edited by GT119 on Monday 4th March 16:56

smilo996

1,521 posts

120 months

Monday 4th March 2019
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Drop the front light, further down, otherwise all good.

NJ72

168 posts

48 months

Tuesday 5th March 2019
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Am I the only one who sees a love child between Kia and an Audi A3 coupe?

talksthetorque

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85 months

Tuesday 5th March 2019
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Looks like a 3 series that's wearing a Panamera full facemask


st4

1,359 posts

83 months

Tuesday 5th March 2019
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SturdyHSV said:
Front wheel drive? Really?
I think the LSD upfront will help with that.

cookie1600

1,389 posts

111 months

Tuesday 12th March 2019
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What an odd concept when the webpage for Lynk seems to show them as an automotive 'white goods for hire' company:

https://www.lynkco.com/ (I thought it was a catalogue clothes site at first)

Dull product, livened up to try and put some advertising about for their meh offerings?


shakotan

10,400 posts

146 months

Tuesday 12th March 2019
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dazwalsh said:
The headlights should have been embedded in that black grille that runs the width of the car, not half way up the bonnet like a Nissan juke.

Otehrwise it looks agressive and impressive
Well, neither the Nissan Juke nor this Lynk & Co have headlights halfway up the bonnet.

That's the DRL/sidelights you are looking at, similarly as are the Jukes.

The headlamps are in the black grille aperture on the Lynk, and in the front bumper on the Juke.




Edited by shakotan on Tuesday 12th March 13:01

unsprung

4,118 posts

74 months

Tuesday 12th March 2019
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interesting!

here's what was said about the similar design language of a predecessor:

"The aesthetic is something Lynk & Co... dubs the 'Skyline of Metropolis' theme"

https://www.topspeed.com/cars/others/2018-lynk-co-...