SEAT has released a video documenting the development of Leon Cup Racer. Using time-lapse photography, the video shows the development of Leon Cup Racer, from its Leon production origin to the dynamic racing car that is ready to be fielded on the Goodwood Hillclimb in July. Racin teams from around world could now order the Leon Cup Racer, with the first units set to race at the beginning of the 2014 motorsport season.
Matthias Rabe, Executive Vice President for Research and Development at SEAT, remarked that the carmaker’s commitment to motorsport comes through the Leon Cup Racer. Carrying SEAT’s racing DNA, the Leon Cup Racer provides a clear indication of what a SEAT touring car might look like.
Leon Cup Racer has been developed to adapt to a broad range of racing series around the world. SEAT will continue to develop the Leon Cup Racer in the next months, with every costumer eligible to receive a full support package from SEAT Sport.
To post quick lap times, SEAT endowed the Leon Cup Race with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that provides 330 PS and 340 Nm. Having a track width that is 400mm wider than a production Leon, the Leon Cup Racer boasts of a body kit designed for maximum efficiency, both aerodynamically and with regards to brake and engine cooling. The interior of Leon Cup Race is stripped out to ensure its lightness.
It features a full roll cage as well as an instrument panel that comes with a race-specific high resolution TFT display. A customer could order a Leon Cup Racer with a six-speed DSG twin clutch automatic transmission for EUR70,000, or an endurance version with a sequential racing transmission and a mechanical differential lock for EUR95,000
“We have succeeded in making the new Leon much better than the old one, and now we will repeat this success on the race track,” declares Jaime Puig, Director of SEAT Sport.“With two versions for sprint and endurance racing, the Cup Racer is ideal for an extremely broad palette of racing series – from the ETTC to the VLN Endurance Cup on the Nurburgring,” says Jaime Puig. “We can also envisage further developing the Cup Racer to create a WTCC version with a 1.6-litre engine. After all, we have a great tradition to defend there.”