Having helped Volvo develop and launch its Polestar performance brand over the past 13 years, Cyan Racing is turning its attention to another of Geely’s brands, the new Lynk & Co global urban mobility brand.
Cyan Racing was formed after the Polestar name was used by Volvo for its new electric luxury performance division in 2017. The team had been named Polestar Racing since 2005, helping to create Volvo’s performance-tuning entity (Polestar Performance), and started racing Volvos in the newly-created Swedish Touring Car Championship back in 1996 as Flash Engineering (created by Jan “Flash” Nilsson).
Cyan Racing has now announced it will run a Lynk & Co 03 in the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup, joining grids already populated with Audi, Alfa Romeo, Honda, Hyundai, Peugeot, SEAT and Volkswagen compact 4-door models (either sedan or hatchback). Cyan Racing is the reigning world champion (2017), pending the finish of the 2018 season in which the team is not participating.
“Our ambition as a race team is to reclaim our World Title and explore new ways of automotive performance together with Lynk & Co,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Cyan Racing. “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.”
The team will also immediately jump into the performance road-car business, with the announcement of a 500-hp high-performance concept that will bear the branding of both partners — Lynk & Co 03 Cyan, much in the same way that performance tuning of Volvo models by Polestar wore the “Polestar” label. The concept will reportedly be a street-legal interpretation of the Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car.
TCR cars are already required to be mostly production-based cars, with various add-ons according to racing needs (aerodynamics, durability, safety, etc.).
“The fusion between Lynk & Co and Cyan Racing will form the spearhead of our automotive performance debut,” said Victor Yang, Vice President of Communications at Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. “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.”
2017 world champion driver Thed Björk, who is currently racing a Hyundai i30 N in the series (and sits atop the standings), has been enlisted as a driver of one of the two Lynk & Co TCR cars for Cyan Racing, and recently helped pull the wraps off the Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car at Suzuka.