A Chinese car is now the fastest four-door around the Nurburgring

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by Drei Laurel | Aug 24, 2019
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Chinese cars are rubbish? It looks like another nail has been driven into this line of thought’s coffin.

Cyan Racing (formerly known as Polestar) and Lynk & Co, a Swedish-Chinese car manufacturer owned by Geely, have just broken not one, but two Nurburgring lap records: Fastest four-door and fastest front-wheel-drive car around the track.

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The record-breaking vehicle is the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept—a beast of a vehicle packing a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine capable of 528hp and 504Nm. The car lapped the entire 21-kilometer Green Hell in 7 minutes and a little over 20 seconds, averaging 170kph with 2017 World Champion of touring car racing Thed Björk behind the wheel.

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According to Cyan Racing, the lap time is quicker than the previous record for four-door cars, held by Jaguar, and 25 seconds faster than the previous record for front-wheel-drive cars held by Renault.

“We continue to push past the boundaries and goals that we have set for the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept, a car that acts as a development platform for future Lynk & Co performance cars and parts,” Henrik Fries, head of research and development at Cyan Racing said.

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“While our main purpose for the many laps on the Nürburgring 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,” Fries added.

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You can watch the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept’s record-breaking run in the video below. So, what were you saying about Chinese cars again?

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