Lynk & Co reveals 500hp V8 concept


Remember Lynk & Co, that Geely-owned car brand aimed at people with no real interest in cars? Well, it's only gone and confirmed involvement in the 2019 World Touring Car Cup, which, rather obviously and somewhat counterintuitively, is a thing for people who are very interested in cars. The Chinese company is using its affiliation with fellow Geely brand Volvo to launch a motorsport campaign with Cyan Racing, which won the 2017 World Touring Car Championship with the Volvo S60 Polestar. As if that weren't enough, it's also confirmed development of a 500hp road car.

But first the racing bit. Swedish team Cyan, which was operated under the Polestar banner, hasn't competed in the 2018 WTCC series for a simple reason - it can't, factory teams having been banned. Instead, under the new plan, it will return next year as a privateer, fielding 03 TCRs, which are race-spec versions of the Lynk & Co four-door saloon that have been prepared by Geely Group Motorsport. Among the driver line-up will be 2017 WTCC champ Thed Björk.

 

Cyan is aiming for gold, of course, with CEO Christian Dahl stating: "Our ambition as a race team is to reclaim our world title and explore new ways of automotive performance together with Lynk & Co."

Lynk & Co's announcement of a concept TCR-inspired performance road car concept is, if anything, even more unexpected. Not least because it apparently boasts a 500hp V8, but because the brand is supposed to be focused on car sharing rather than actual car selling. Could this be a preview of the world's first high performance, purpose-built car share machine? Or might it be a brazen attempt to get Lynk & Co talked about more widely? Take your pick.





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  • Jay_87 19 Oct 2018

    Take away the silly high level lights at the front and it would be a good looking car, with them it just looks a bit awkward... like a wide mouthed frog.

    Great news though that another manufacture is entering the WTCR cup and its also great to see that Polestar/Cyan blue on anything!!

  • Charybdis 19 Oct 2018

    I really do like the Lynk & Co design. Their cars look good IMHO. In combination with a V8 it all starts to be interesting to me - but it all stops to make sense for the brand mission as I have understood it by now.

  • hondansx 19 Oct 2018

    Looks cool... but from a marketing point of view I don't see how this fits in with the brand at all. Fair play to whoever got it signed off!

  • Oily76 19 Oct 2018

    Something about that front end reminds me of the Toyota Celica

  • Black S2K 19 Oct 2018

    Charybdis said:
    I really do like the Lynk & Co design. Their cars look good IMHO. In combination with a V8 it all starts to be interesting to me - but it all stops to make sense for the brand mission as I have understood it by now.
    Perhaps it's a tacit admission that designing a brand for those with no interest in cars has worked too well and no-one's interested in them.

    They're hoping this will attract people interested in cars and they'll not be interested either. No, hang on...

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