Lynk & Co is a new car brand created by Volvo owners Geely, and the Lynk & Co 03 sedan is the first production model. In order to promote the car and attract attention, Lynk & Co has enlisted the help of Cyan Racing to create this purposeful-looking touring car that will actually take part in the 2019 TCR racing series.

Cyan Racing has worked with Volvo to prepare their race cars since 1996, but now it’s working on the Lynk & Co sedan to have it ready for next year. The vehicle you see in the photos is a concept that looks like the racer, but it isn’t really ready yet - it is a study.

It is based on the same underpinnings as a Volvo XC40, but looks nothing like a Volvo either outside, or inside (although the latter won’t matter as much because this racer has a completely stripped out interior).

Lynk & Co 03 TCR car is also being worked on by the newly formed Geely Group Motorsport, which as its name suggests is the motorsport arm of the Chinese automotive giant. Development work on the racing car actually started in early 2018, and Lync & Co is expected to take delivery of the first cars in 2019, before the start of the FIA WTCR championship.

Price for one is €130.000 or $149,090.

Exterior

While it may be heavily modified, the sedan is still easily recognizable as the Lynk & Co 03. It has increased front and rear tracks, it sits very low, and it has a different front bumper with a massive splitter. At the back, there’s a big wing mounted to the trunk lid as well as a different bumper with a big diffuser - the look is completed by a twin exhaust poking out of the middle, right above the diffuser.

The car also features a smaller spoiler mounted on the edge of the trunk lid, which we presume helps with the air flow in that area of the car.

The widebody kit applied to it is the most noticeable modification, though - it completely transforms the look of the car and with rumors that Lynk & Co is mulling a street-legal version of this racer - you could buy and drive something similar to it on the road in the not too distant future.

Interior

2018 Lynk & Co 03 TCR Road Car Concept by Cyan Racing
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No shots of the interior have been published, but it’s probably completely stripped out, it has a driving position that’s been shifted towards the center of the car, as well as a big roll cage and other pieces of safety equipment. It probably retains very little of the production car’s interior.

Drivetrain

2018 Lynk & Co 03 TCR Road Car Concept by Cyan Racing
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Powering the 03 TCR car is a 2.0-liter. turbocharged, four-cylinder that makes 350 metric horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

All that oomph is sent the the front wheels only, as per TCR regulations, through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The car weighs 1,265 kilograms or 2,788 pounds, and it should be able to sprint to 100 km/h or 62 mph from a standstill in around 5 seconds.

Conclusion

2018 Lynk & Co 03 TCR Road Car Concept by Cyan Racing
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Geely has big plans for Lynk & Co, which is why it is investing in this costly racing program. Even participating in the touring car championship will add sporting credibility to the brand and, if the vehicle also happens to be successful, it will further boost its image - although nobody is expecting them to top the podium in their debut year.

But the car is built to spec, and Cyan Racing does have over 20 years of experience with making touring cars, so maybe they could impress us on the first go.

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Further reading

Discover What The Potentially Awesome Lynk & Co Car Subscription Service Is All About
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Read our full review on the 2019 Lynk & Co 03.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.

Lynk & Co, the global urban mobility brand, and Cyan Racing, the reigning World Champions of touring car racing, will form a unique fusion in automotive performance and motorsport.

Cyan Racing will enter the FIA WTCR with the Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car
Announcing a joint performance vehicle development programme
Confirming a 500-hp concept road car based on the TCR race car

"The fusion between Lynk & Co and Cyan Racing will form the spearhead of our automotive performance debut. The combination of Lynk & Co’s challenge of auto industry conventions and Cyan Racing’s vast motorsport and performance experience are two key elements in this unique cooperation," said Mr. Victor Yang, Vice President of Communications at Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

The first step will start in 2019 when Lynk & Co Cyan Racing will launch an assault on the FIA World Touring Car Cup with fierce opposition from seven global automotive brands in the form of Audi, Alfa Romeo, Honda, Hyundai, Peugeot, SEAT and Volkswagen.

Closely connected to the motorsport programme will be a joint performance vehicle development project. A 500-hp high-performance concept road car, named the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan, will be built as Cyan Racing’s interpretation of a TCR race car for the road. The concept car will be the first step towards an extended performance offer.

Lynk & Co’s global mobility philosophy will be fused with Cyan Racing’s two decades of experience from motorsport and previous automotive performance projects such as the iconic Volvo C30 Concept and Volvo S60 Concept.

”Our ambition as a race team is to reclaim our World Title and explore new ways of automotive performance together with Lynk & Co. We will utilise our experience from past performance road car projects in combination with the vast data that we will gain from the racing programme through thousands and thousands of laps on racing circuits all over the world in extreme conditions,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Cyan Racing.

Thed Björk, Sweden’s first World Champion of racing, pulled the cover off the all-new Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car, developed by Geely Group Motorsport, during an exclusive event at Fuji Raceway in Japan. The Swede will drive one of the Lynk & Co TCR cars for Cyan Racing in 2019.

"To once again aim for the World Title when starting my seventh season with Cyan Racing is a dream coming true. Especially combined with this groundbreaking cooperation with Lynk & Co that will include the development of a high-performance concept road car is nothing less than amazing," said Thed Björk.

Contact information
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Cyan Racing
+46(0)70 241 3234
johan.meissner@cyanracing.com

About Cyan Racing

Cyan Racing was founded in 1996 and was formerly named Polestar until Volvo Cars acquired the performance section and trademark in 2015. Cyan Racing is privately owned and operated. The team has claimed multiple titles, most recently the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship titles for driver and team – and participated in the development of the Polestar performance models of the Volvo S60 and V60 in the years 2013 to 2015.

About Lynk & Co

Lynk & Co is the new global urban mobility brand addressing the needs and preferences of the connected generation and challenging auto industry conventions. Its products are designed and engineered in Sweden and will be sold globally.

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