SEAT is stating its unequivocal commitment to motorsport and to its customers racing teams at the legendary GTI meet in the Austrian region of Karnten. The undeniable hero on the SEAT stand in the town of Reifnitz on the south bank of the Worthersee is the new Leon Cup Racer. It already gives a very clear indication of what a SEAT touring car racer might look like, prepared for a wide range of racing series worldwide. The 330 hp / 243 kW Leon Cup Racer forms the basis for the development work and test drives to be undertaken over the coming months.
The Cup Racer will be joined on the SEAT stand by five more, extremely fiery and individually equipped versions of the Ibiza and Leon models, as well as an extensive programme for fans of the Spanish brand. At this year’s GTI meet the 32nd held so far organisers are once again reckoning with well over 100,000 visitors over the four show days.
The Cup Racer, which is based on the five door Leon and painted in metallic matte grey with orange accents, cuts a visually stunning figure. It is incredibly powerful stance on 18inch racing wheels comes from a track that is no less than 40 centimetres wider than that of the series-production model.
The new front end is laid out for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and maximum airflow to the engine and brake system, while the mighty wheel arches with their openings on the trailing edge aid the cooling effect on the four piston brake system. The sills are heavily flared and, together with the front spoiler, the smooth under body, the rear diffuser and the two phase roof spoiler mounted on a support, achieve maximum down force for high speed cornering.