As a development platform for future production performance road cars based on Lynk&Co technology, Cyan Racing (nee. Polestar) travelled along a similar concept route with both S60 and V60 race cars in Sweden. Building a road car based on the Lynk&Co 03 World Touring Car Cup race car is both an exciting and immensely important step forward for the company.
The Lynk&Co 03 Cyan Concept is Cyan Racing's interpretation of a super-high performance race car for the road, utilising 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 undoubtedly extreme, the team has learned that in order to explore the true characteristics of a car, it needs to be pushed to its maximum, which is precisely what it has been doing with the car, on the roads of Spain.
Thed Bjork, race and development driver for Cyan Racing said: "We strive to find the optimal balance between responsiveness and performance in combination with predictable, balanced and safe behaviour. This is the same basic philosophy as applied when we develop race cars. I have thoroughly enjoyed driving this car, as much as my race alternative."
The concept road car is equipped with a 528bhp, 2.0-litre turbocharged Lynk&Co engine, the same base unit that powers the Lynk&Co 03 production road car. As it happens, the engine development is headed by the same team that has produced top engines like the 2017 World Championship-winning 1.6 litre Volvo unit and the award-winning V8 Volvo engine used in the Australian V8 Supercars programme, also run by Cyan Racing.
Mattias Evensson, head of engine development at Cyan Racing, stated: "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 want the engine to just deliver a lot of power but also to combine it with a high level of drivability (torque). Although the Lynk&Co engine in the concept car is relatively small in relation to its power output, its design allows us to achieve both copious high-speed punch, allied to low-rev responsiveness.”
The next stage in the development process is for the concept to join the race team in pre-season testing at a legendary racing circuit. The concept’s specification is as follows:
The Lynk&Co 03 Cyan Concept
528bhp at 7800rpm
371lbs ft at 4500-7000rpm
6-speed sequential gearbox
Steering wheel paddle-shifts
Multi-plate limited slip differential
0-60mph in 4.1s
0-125mph in 9.7s
100-0mph in 30 meters
Top speed of 190mph
Max sideway g-force of 1.5G
20.0-inch diameter Cyan wheels
285/30R20 front and rear
Öhlins adjustable dampers
Dual-circuit hydraulic system
6-piston calipers with 378mm ventilated discs front
2-piston calipers with 290mm ventilated discs rear