Today at the Wörthersee show, Seat has unveiled the new Leon Cup Racer - a model specially prepared for racing series worldwide. The Cup Racer is offered in two versions: one with a DSG transmission priced at €70,000 ($92,000) and the endurance version with a sequential transmission and mechanical differential lock priced at €95,000 ($124,500).
The Cup Racer version is based on the standard five-door Leon and feature a metallic matte grey paint combined with orange accents. The model is about 40 cm (15.71 inches) wider than the standard version and sits on 18-inch racing wheels. Seat has also installed an aerodynamic package that improves the car’s stability at high speeds. This kit includes a new front spoiler, a rear diffuser and a two-phase roof spoiler mounted on a support.
For the interior, the company offers a high-strength roll cage, bucket seats with a HANS head-protection system, a multifunction steering wheel and a high-resolution TFT display. Under the hood, the Leon Cup Racer gets a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 330 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Seat Leon.
The Seat Leon was unveiled back in 1999 and it is currently in its third generation. The third generation was unveiled in 2012 and it sits on the Volkswagen Group’s latest MQB platform.
For the first time ever, the Leon is available in three-door and a station wagon versions to go along with the usual five-door variant. The model is offered with a choice of five gasoline and four diesel engines, with power ranging from 105 to 180 horsepower.
Gallery Seat Leon
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.”