The Chinese have invaded the Nurburgring.
A Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept has just lapped the Nurburgring in 7:20.143, making it the fastest front-wheel-drive, and four-door car record holder of the deadly racetrack. WTCR Lynk & Co Cyan Racing driver Thed Björk lapped the full 20.8-kilometer Nordschleife with an average speed of 170.4 km/h to achieve the feat. The team also wished to point out that their lap time was done in the full 20.8-kilometer version, instead of the usual 20.6-kilometer configuration used by other automakers for their record runs; making an even more extraordinary feat.
Cyan Racing (formerly Polestar) is no stranger to the Nurburgring records, having set a four-door production car record with a Volvo S60 Polestar back in 2016.
They even uploaded an onboard video to prove their feat, just in case haters might say otherwise.
The new time bests the fastest four-door car record set by Jaguar XE SV Project 8 by three-seconds; the recent feat was completed in 7:23.1. It also went on to beat the fastest front-wheel-drive record set by Renault Megane RS Trophy-R which logged a time of 7:45.3.
Under the hood of the 03 Cyan Concept is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine tuned to 528 PS and 504 Nm of torque mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters driving the front wheels.
While still technically a "concept" the car is registered and perfectly road legal in Sweden according to Cyan Racing, as reported by Motor1.
Lynk & Co is a Chinese-Swedish joint-venture between Geely and Volvo Cars which was officially launched in 2016. They reported 120,414 unit sales through its 221 retail outlets in China in 2018, its first full year to market.