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SEAT Introduces Leon Cup Racer at Worthersee


Editor’s Note: Now that they’re not as closely associated, we don’t cover the SEAT marque as closely as we once did. At times we’re still drawn and this year’s Leon Cup Racer launch at Worthersee is one such instance. Not only is this MQB-based new-gen Leon completely hot, it also suggests further development of the architecture for touring car style series. Given the A3 sedan is about to wage a B5-sized comeback for the four-rings, the idea of such kit being applied to Audi’s newest notchback has us salivating. Of course that’s all conjecture as TOCA is now the focus of SEAT, but we can dream can’t we….

Wörthersee, May 2013. With the brand new Leon Cup Racer, SEAT is stating its unequivocal commitment to motorsport and to customer racing teams at the legendary GTI Wörthersee meet in the Austrian region of Kärnten.

The Leon Cup Racer 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 PS Leon Cup Racer forms the basis for 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.

“Motorsport is deeply anchored in our brand; SEAT has more than 40 years of racing history and, with the Leon Cup Racer, we are now writing the next chapter for our highly motivated customer teams. The Cup Racer is not a show model, but the first test car for our development work,” says Dr. Matthias Rabe, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Research and Development.

“The new generation of the SEAT Leon provides a compelling basis; its sporty qualities are highly acclaimed by customers and motoring journalists alike. With the racing version, we are building on from the great sporty success of recent years.”

Unmistakeable design DNA, outstanding aerodynamics
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. Its incredibly powerful stance on 18-inch racing wheels comes from a track that is 40 cm 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.

Yet, even in the Cup Racer, the design DNA of the Leon remains fully intact: the distinctive full-LED headlights with the highly individual signature of their daytime running lights have been carried over from the series production model, as have the LED rear lights. The roofline contour is also the same as on the production model, just like the characteristic lines and precise blisters down the sides.

Maximum control, perfect safety
The interior of the Leon Cup Racer is also ready for the track. Systematic weight reduction and a carefully minimalist approach define the inside of the car, which is protected by a high-strength roll cage. The bucket seat with HANS head-protection system also offers optimum safety.

It is upholstered with specially developed leather that is exceptionally good at regulating moisture. The base form of the production Leon cockpit is retained, although the car’s driver information and controls are concentrated firmly on the multi-function steering wheel and the high-resolution TFT display behind it, ensuring that the driver always maintains maximum control over his racing machine.

Full performance for the very best lap times
Power comes from a two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. It boasts a maximum output of 330 PS and maximum torque of 350 Nm. Power transmission to the front axle is handled by a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox controlled from the steering wheel and an electronically controlled differential lock. A special variant of the Cup Racer for endurance racing can be equipped with a sequential racing transmission with a shift lever on the centre console and a mechanical differential lock.

A preliminary price for the Leon Cup Racer has already been defined – the version with DSG transmission will cost €70,000 (excl. VAT), while the endurance version with a sequential transmission and mechanical differential lock is priced at €95,000 (also excl. VAT).

“We expect to be able to offer the Leon Cup Racer to our customer teams as early as the 2014 season. With the 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 Nürburgring,” says Jaime Puig, Head of SEAT Sport and responsible for the brand’s motorsport activities. “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.”

Ibiza SC Trophy – for the race track
Alongside the premiere of the Leon Cup Racer, fans can look forward to five more of the brand’s sporting highlights on the SEAT stand at Wörthersee. The Ibiza SC Trophy also has a licence to compete on the world’s race tracks, particularly in its own single-brand cups in Spain and Italy. For the 2013 season, the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine now has 200 PS, a seven-speed DSG operated from the steering wheel and a mechanical differential lock for outstanding traction. Interested parties with a racing licence can acquire the Ibiza SC Trophy from SEAT Sport starting at €31,500 (excl. VAT).

Ibiza – the compact athlete
Aside from showing a production Ibiza Cupra at Wörthersee, painted in Nevada white and featuring gloss black 17-inch alloy wheels, SEAT will also display an Emocion red Ibiza FR equipped with an ‘FR ten-year anniversary’ package. Marked out by two-tone black and silver 17-inch wheels, plus a roof spoiler, wing mirror covers and sills painted in a titanium finish, this Ibiza, named the ‘SC FR Ten’, sits on lower springs and has the upgraded brake system from the Ibiza Cupra.

Leon – style and individuality
Two versions of the SEAT Leon display further individualisation options for SEAT’s successful new model: the Leon FR 1.8 TSI with 180 PS in Emocion red comes with an even more powerful look thanks to an Aero Kit including front and rear skirts. A set of 19-inch wheels offer an unhindered view of the bright red brake callipers. Inside, cockpit and steering wheel trim elements are also finished in vibrant red, while seats and door panels are clad in red and black leather.

The new Leon SC rounds off the line-up in FR guise and with the top TDI generating 184 PS under the bonnet. The 19-inch wheels and the red callipers offer a perfect contrast to the gleaming paintwork in Nevada white. The interior is finished in black and grey two-tone leather.

VIP party on the SEAT boat
Organisers are estimating that this year’s festival (the 32nd since it began) will once again attract well over 100,000 visitors over the four show days, and SEAT will again be putting on a VIP show for SEAT Club members.

The SEAT boat has become a classic feature of the Wörthersee Treffen. This year, too, the VIP party on the boat is one of the hottest events of the fringe programme. Throughout the entire Treffen, DJs on the SEAT stand and on the SEAT boat will be playing hot music while partygoers sip cool drinks. SEAT dancing girls will be there, too.

The SEAT movie team will also be on site. They will be making short films featuring drivers of the most distinctive tuned SEATs and showing them on the Facebook page of SEAT Austria.

About SEAT
SEAT is a Spanish motor company and member of the Volkswagen Group. It employs more than 14,000 people worldwide and offers a broad range of cars: Mii, Ibiza, Ibiza SC, Ibiza ST, Toledo, Leon, Leon SC, Altea, Altea XL, and Alhambra. Each combines the best German engineering with a distinct Spanish design theme, imbuing every one with a unique character.

The firm began its UK operations in September 1985, registering 24 cars in its first month, and 405 for the year. That number soon grew to more than 10,000 by 1988. A decade later it was 18,500-plus, and by the year 2000 SEAT was selling upwards of 20,000 cars in the UK. In 2013, SEAT is on course to break the 40,000 barrier for the first time in its history.

SEAT UK enjoyed a record-breaking year for sales in 2012 – its best since the brand was introduced in the country. In total, 38,798 cars reached new owners, representing a 1.9% market share – both figures that eclipse those of 2011, itself a record year for the company. In fact, since 2008 SEAT has defied the economic climate by registering year-on-year sales volume and market share increases. SEAT is a company on the rise.

The word SEAT is an acronym of the original company name: Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, and is therefore written in block capitals. SEAT was founded on 9 May 1950 with production of its first vehicle, the 1400, beginning in 1953. The 600 model, launched in 1957, is the car credited with putting Spain on wheels. So successful was it that sales hit one million by 1968. Volkswagen bought 51% of the company’s shares in 1986, taking a 99.9% share in 1990.

SEAT’s production is concentrated at the ultra-modern Martorell plant, near Barcelona, which in February 2013 celebrated its 20th anniversary. The company also has a major research and development facility – the Martorell Technical Centre – in which around 1,250 highly qualified staff work. And, in 2007, SEAT opened both a new centralised Design Centre and cutting-edge Prototype Development Centre at Martorell, bringing its entire production process together in one city.

SEAT has a proud history of international motorsport success, most recently claiming back-to-back driver and manufacturer titles in the 2008 and 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championships. SEAT Sport secured these prestigious successes via its mould-breaking Leon 2.0 TDI – the first diesel car to win races in both the BTCC and WTCC.

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