SEAT has released a video showing the development of the Leon Cup Racer – one of the most stunning cars I have ever laid eyes on. The video uses time-lapse photography and shows the creation of the car from its Leon production basis through to the stripped-out, flared and fiery racing car that will take on the Goodwood Hillclimb next month; be sure to keep a look out for that.
The Leon Cup Racer is already available to order by racing teams across the globe, with the first cars expected to hit the track at the start of the 2014 motorsport season. “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.
Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 330 PS and 340 Nm, the Leon Cup Racer’s is a track-focused car, with the intention of setting fast lap times. Its track width is 400 mm greater than the production Leon’s; its body kit is designed for both aerodynamic and engine cooling efficiency, and its interior is stripped out to minimise weight, There’s even a full roll cage to keep you safe on the track, and the instrument panel is a race-specific high resolution TFT display.
Customers can buy a Leon Cup Racer now, for €70,000 with a six-speed DSG twin clutch automatic transmission, or €95,000 for an endurance version including a sequential racing transmission, a mechanical differential lock and larger fuel tank.
“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.”