By on March 4, 2019

Under new management from Geely, Volvo’s former factory racing team has unveiled its first concept vehicle for Lynk & Co. Named after its creators, the 03 Cyan Concept is the product of Cyan Racing; the group of people who made rambunctious Volvo C30s and S60 Polestars for the exclusive purpose of designing something mental — though calling it “new” might be a little unfair.

The model, headed for a Geneva Motor Show debut, appears to be a consumer-friendly version of the 03 TCR racer Cyan Racing teased last December. However, they’re not trying to keep that a secret. The 03 TCR’s entire existence seems to be aimed at helping the brand develop a racing pedigree that can be affixed to subsequent performance models. But the Cyan Concept’s spec sheet goes above and beyond what the FIA-sanctioned touring car has on offer. 

With a redline of 8,000 rpm, Cyan promises 528 horsepower and 372 lb-ft of torque from the 03’s svelte, 2.0-liter turbo. That’s good for a claimed rush to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph. Of course, the manufacturer also suggests lateral gravitational forces of up to 1.5 Gs — ludicrous for a production vehicle, but not unreasonable for a 2,837-pound concept racer wearing sticky shoes and an aggressive suspension setup incorporating Öhlins dampers.

“To build a road version of a race car is a great way to learn more about a car and its characteristics,” explained Cyan Racing chief Christian Dahl. “This is a performance concept but it might also be a first step towards a performance offer for Lynk & Co customers were we bring what we learn on the track to the road.”

Lynk has big aspirations, despite springing into existence in 2016. With help from parent company Geely, the brand intends to continue growing Chinese volume before adopting a direct-to-consumer sales model across the globe. It hopes to get into the United States, trade agreements permitting.

The 03 Cyan Concept probably won’t be that car, at least not in its current form. Cyan intends to keep testing the model while the TCR tackles the World Touring Car Cup this year. Assuming the model receives enough positive attention, it’s not unreasonable to think Lynk might take a stab at building an 03-based rival for the Honda Civic Type R or Euro-spec Ford Focus ST. But figuring out when and where such a model would be sold is divination via chicken bones at this stage.

That said, the dark magic that speaks through those bones has informed us that China will undoubtedly be first on the list of hypothetical recipients.

[Images: Cyan Racing]

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25 Comments on “Lynk 03 Cyan Concept Debuts in Geneva, Hints at Future Performance Model...”

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    Wow, that just screams Boy Racer.

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      Yeah, but 528 hp and 372 lb/ft of torque with a capability of 1.5 gs screams real racer. Four doors? I’m interested. That sounds like a great GT car, so long as it’s not into boost just to maintain 80 mph.

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    Those Headlights…

    They bother me, but I don’t have a good rational argument for it.

    Me: “Headlights go in FRONT of the car”
    My Brain: “Why”?
    Me: “I don’t know, because they’ve always been that way?”
    My Brain: “Isn’t challenging convention just because its always been that way good?”
    Me: “YES… But… But… But…”

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    looks like they stacked a Juke on top of a Charger and put them in a giant panini press.

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    I am thinking that 1.5 Gs is a bit ridiculous for anything without an extreme aerodynamics package. Even with sticky tires, the limit of steady-state cornering should be “around” 1.0 Gs.

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      Why? You sound like my PhD nuclear physics prof decades ago, who forgot the definition of friction, and assumed since it is commonly called coefficient of friction, its maximum must be 1.

      A CoF of 1 equates to 1.0 g which equates to an angle of 45 degrees – if you can remain immovable on such a slope, then the CoF is 1. An art eraser on an inclined plane can get to about 52 degrees before tumbling (not even sliding) – that’s a CoF of 1.28.

      Street Corvettes and 911’s can see 1.15g. so a set of sticky tires will get you to 1.5g I’m sure.

      Remember, next time you see a motorcycle leaning over at 45 degrees, it’s cornering at 1.0g. In the end bikes cannot corner with cars which is why they may decimate you on the street, but in race-prepared form, race cars run away from bikes due to higher cornering speeds.

      • 0 avatar

        As I said, the limit is “… ‘around’ 1.0 Gs”. Yes, I realize there’s friction, stiction, bumps in the asphalt, deflection of materials, etc. So … what sticky stuff are they making these tires of, that will take them from 1.15 to 1.5 Gs so easily? Silly Putty?

        If they are using a high-speed skidpad, it’s a different matter, as aerodynamic effects can provide downforce to enhance grip. But it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison with a low-speed skidpad, so it could be misleading.

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    There are a record number of styling cliches here. Hard to argue with the performance numbers, though.

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    Isn’t this a four door sedan. Surely that makes it a “dead man walking”.

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    ” lateral gravitational forces ”

    The Chinese can make anything.

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    Styling aside, because the pictures really do speak for themselves – do those specs seem strange? 528hp from a 2-liter sounds frightening, but how does it take 4.4 seconds to hit 60 if it only weighs 2800lbs? I can think of a healthy list of cars that weigh more, have less power, and are quicker than that.

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      It was so heinously ugly in the opening shot that I’ll admit I skimmed the rest which I rarely do. But I was surprised by the numbers too. The 2.0 will be peaky, and that combined with FWD and inability to put the power down are the only way I could see it being so “slow”. That’s barely faster than my SS, and slower than every new automatic Mustang, Camaro, and even fat Scat Pack.

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      With 2 liters and 528 HP I’d like to see it make a run-up to 193 MPH. Those pistons are gonna take a pounding with the temps they’ll hit. Good luck getting the heat out of the engine.

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    The illegitimate child of a Porsche and a Genesis G70.

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    What good is anything like this if it won’t go over 112mph?!

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    The thing looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

    • 0 avatar

      Sometimes that phrase is undeserved, here it’s an understatement. That front especially is offensively ugly.

      • 0 avatar

        Agreed, but I can’t stop staring at the beautiful heat colors on that exhaust in the second-to-last picture.

        [What I learned last night: If the muffler on your riding mower is glowing red hot after an engine rebuild, the flywheel key has sheared, retarding the timing and making the muffler an unwelcome annex to the combustion chamber… but the blue flame makes it look like an Aventador in the dark!]

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    I am probably stupid but I did not get it – that is how Volvos will look like from now on?

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    Context advisory: the following applies to North America.

    1. Weird that they’re touting special editions before releasing the regular edition, but whatever.

    2. I for one love the smiling-frog face.

    3. Apparently a direct-sales model is fine with the B&B as long as it’s not Tesla doing it. I say go all the way and bring back the Scamway/Tupperware sales model used by Daewoo!

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