Cyan Racing claims to have broken two world records for front-wheel drive and four-door cars at the Nurburgring with the Lynk&Co 03. However, there’s a catch: the 03 is a racing prototype and not a production car.
2017 WTCC champion Thed Bjork drove the car on the 20.8 km (12.9 miles) long course in 7:20.143, 2 seconds faster than the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 and 20 seconds quicker than the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R.
“The car is rewarding to drive no matter the conditions, be it the Nurburgring or the autobahn”, said Bjork. “The record we achieved here is something I rank on the same level as my racing titles and a highlight in my part of transitioning development from race to road cars.”
Unlike the Jag and front-wheel drive hot hatch, which are production cars, the Lynk&Co 03 is currently in concept form, so the records can be contested. Nevertheless, it will transition to full assembly and eventually launch in the market, so until then, the impressive result achieved at the Nurburgring Nordschleife represents a massive boost in confidence for Cyan Racing.
“While our main purpose for the many laps on the Nurburgring Nordschleife is development, the records that we broke are a true testament to the potential and capabilities of the Lynk&Co platform, as well as our engineering philosophy from more than two decades of motorsport and road car performance”, added Cyan Racing’s chief of R&D, Henrik Fries.
Powering the Lynk&Co 03 Cyan Concept is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. It has a total output of 528 PS (521 hp / 388 kW) at 7,800 rpm and 504 Nm (372 lb-ft) of torque at 4,500-7,000 rpm, does the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.4 seconds and maxes out at 310 km/h (193 mph).