Lynk & Co 03 Cyan concept sets FWD Nurburgring lap record (video)

Cyan Racing, formerly known as Polestar, is claiming a new Nurburgring lap record for a road-legal front-wheel drive, four-door vehicle, with its Lynk & Co 03 Cyan concept setting a lap around the treacherous circuit in 7:20.143.

You may not have heard of Cyan Racing. Basically, as you might know, Volvo is now owned by Chinese-based Geely. The Swedish manufacturer’s official motorsport partner was Polestar. However, now Polestar is a sub-brand of Volvo and focuses mainly on electrified production vehicles, such as the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2.

As for Cyan Racing, it fills the spot of the old Polestar motorsport-focused brand. Except now it’s the official motorsport partner of Geely. And then Lynk & Co, also owned by Geely, is a production car brand that’s positioned somewhere in between Volvo and Geely brand vehicles. Make sense? This means the lap records are the first for a Chinese manufacturer, for a production-based vehicle.

And that’s the key. The record was set by the Lynk & Co 03-based Cyan Concept car, which is only a concept at this stage. Aside from featuring a wild aero kit with a massive rear wing, it’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbo producing 394kW at 7800rpm and 504Nm between 4500-7000rpm. The redline is a motorsport-like 8000rpm.

All of this is sent through a front-wheel drive system via a six-speed sequential transmission. Across the tarmac, 0-100km/h is claimed in just 4.4 seconds, while 0-200km/h comes up in 10 seconds. The top speed is a supercar-like 310km/h. These figures are very impressive for a front-wheel drive, four-door vehicle. Henrik Fries, head of R&D at Cyan Racing, said:

“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.”

With racing Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels, six-piston front and twin-piston rear brakes, and a full aero kit with a partially stripped-out interior, and a roll cage, it’s not exactly a production car. Even so, it does wear number plates and is technically road legal. The full circuit time of 7:20.143 is the quickest-recorded time for such a vehicle layout.

The next-closest vehicle is the Renault Megane Trophy-R, which recently set a record-setting lap (for a production front-wheel drive) in 7:40.100. It’s also a four-door. As for the four-door record outright, it was recently set by the 441kW Jaguar XE SV Project, which posted a time of 7:18.631.

The Cyan Racing concept also did a lap around the usual, shorter section of the circuit – which is what most manufacturers use – in 7:15.123. Check out the full lap video below.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.