Lynk & Co has been creating quite a stir in the automotive industry. They’re best known for the 01, their subscription based, car-sharing crossover. The concept is simple, you subscribe to a car on a monthly basis. Servicing and insurance is built into the price and subscribers are even able to “rent out” their cars to others on a short term basis. They do sell production versions in China but when the automaker rolls out their product in Europe it will be solely subscription based.
The idea has stemmed from the fact that millennials are not interested in owning cars and want to subscribe to everything because the satisfaction of owning an asset like a car or a house is unfeasible for us and we will pay monthly for things until we die.
Lynk & Co 01
It’s safe to say that they have indeed created ripples in the auto community however, Lynk & Co has been hard at work on a different front. Teaming with Cyan racing (formerly polestar) they quietly broke the Nürburgring record for the fastest four-door and fastest front-wheel-driven car. The car in question is the Cyan Concept.
The concept, which looks like it’s taken inspiration from the likes of Dodge and Porsche, screamed its way around the Green Hell in 7:20:143 at an average of 170 km/h. It uses a turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 528hp and 504nm. It sends all its power to the front wheels through a 6 speed, paddle shifting gearbox. You can watch the record setting lap here.
Jaguar set the previous record with the XE SV Project 8 four door, running a time of 7:23:164. (side note, the XE SV is all wheel drive, Cyan concept is front). Since it’s just a concept car, Jaguar still holds the record for the time being. It interests me why a company that believes that millennials just want to get from point A to point B and have no interest in owning a car would be developing a super sedan capable of a 7:20 Ring time. What market are they developing this car for? Will I be able to subscribe to this 528 hp porsche-dodge? or will it be strictly for china? Why are they testing it at the most grueling track on the planet? That brings us to another issue entirely. Should cars that are meant to be daily driven be developed at the Nürburgring? Let us know in the comments below.
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