Volvo’s go-fast department is busy preparing a road going version of the Lynk & Co touring car to race in WTCR this year.

The Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept — it’s Lynk & Co now, not Polestar — delivers 394kW through the front wheels, using a heavily upgraded version of Volvo’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The engine is teamed with a 6-speed sequential gearbox and a multi-plate clutch limited-slip differential.

The 03 Cyan concept has completed a comprehensive development program on the roads of Spain, escaping the long winter of Sweden.

“This car is a development platform for future production performance road cars based on Lynk & Co technology,” Head of Automotive R&D at Cyan Racing, Henrik Fries, said.

“To build a road car based on the Lynk & Co 03 World Touring Car Cup race car is an exciting and important step forward for our future programmes.”

The engine development of Cyan Racing is headed by the same team that have produced engines like the 2017 World Championship-winning 1.6 litre Volvo engine and the award-winning V8 Volvo engine for the Australian V8 Supercars program of Cyan Racing.

“While this concept might be a bit extreme, we have learned that in order to explore the true characteristics of a car you need to push it to its maximum and that is just what we are doing right now with this car,” racing and development driver, Thed Björk, said.

“We strive to find the optimal balance between responsiveness and performance in combination with predictable, balanced and safe behaviour. This is the same base philosophy as when we develop race cars. I love driving this car as much as my race car.”

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The Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept

Engine
4-cylinder
1969cc
Turbo charged
Power
394kW at 7800 rpm
504Nm at 4500-7000 rpm
Max 8000 rpm

Transmission
Front-wheel drive
6-speed sequential gearbox
Steering wheel paddle shifts
60 ms shift time
Multi-plate limited slip differential

Performance
0-100 km/h in 4.4 sec
0-200 km/h in 10 sec
100-0 km/h in 30 meters
Top speed of 310 km/h
Max sideway g-force of 1.5G

Wheels
20 inch bespoke Cyan wheels
285/30R20 front and rear

Suspension
Öhlins adjustable dampers

Brakes
Dual circuit hydraulic system
6-piston calipers with 378 mm ventilated discs front
2-piston calipers with 290 mm ventilated discs rear

Weight
1287 kg

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.