As you might know, Wörthersee is much more than just a gathering of the crazed folks from the European dub scene. The VW Audi Group itself plays a big part in the event and often uses it as the place to debut some of its most exciting new cars and concepts. Among the debuts this year was this new Leon Cup Racer from SEAT.
SEAT has made it very clear that the Leon Cup Racer is not a show car, but the first test car for development of their next generation racing program. Based on the five-door Leon model, the body of the Cup Racer has been designed for maximum aerodynamics and the track is a full 40cm wider than the street model.
SEAT is planning to build two versions of the Leon Club Racer – a normal model and then one designed for endurance racing. Both will be powered by turbocharged two liter four cylinder motors making 330ps, but the endurance version will replace the standard DSG transmission with a six-speed sequential gearbox and mechanical diff.
Naturally the Cup Racer will come with all the required safety equipment to get on track, including a high strength roll cage and a racing seat equipped with a HANS device. You also get a multi-function steering wheel and a TFT instrument display.
The car has been designed for use in popular racing series like the ETCC and VLN Endurance Cup. SEAT also says there is a strong possibility of a 1.6 liter model that can be used in the WTCC.
Prices for the Leon Cup Racer will start at €70,000 for the regular version and €95,000 for the endurance model. The plan is start getting the Cup Racers into the hands of customers in time for the 2014 season.
"...a racing seat equipped with a HANS device."
Last I checked, a HANS Device was a piece of safety equipment worn by the driver on their shoulders...
@ogun7 The Leon is based on the A3/Golf platform :)
@aussieANON FWD touring cars are huge in Europe, so yes, FWD.
@JDMized the look like they are right inline with the edge of the roof/door line. maybe generating extra downforce?
@JDMized well winglets are a whole science to themselves, so unless we have any PhD's here, don't plan on a meaningful answer. what normal winglets do, easy enough, but why those ones are 3d like that? no idea.
might work into any vortices created by the side mirrors and along the side of the roofline, probably just tidies it up and directs it under the wing. That or its just a funky design element but I somewhat doubt that.
Check out the Shift linkage going forwards through the firewall. Totally a FWD
@sean klingelhoefer I was thinking the exact same thing!
@JDMized I think SEAT sells the new Leon in Mexico
@CRosenberg I think what Mike meant was that those bucket seats (much like a Recaro Pro Racer Hans) support the HANS devise. http://www.recaro-automotive.com/us/product-areas-us/motorsport-us/products-us/pro-racer-hansr-xl-spa.html
@lalandeusse Sort of a shame. We need more AWD hot hatches, a la Golf R.
Not knocking FWD as it's a hugely capable platform, but for relatively high powered racing AWD trumps.
@robzor Yeah, I've been doing a lot of reading on Racecar Engineering, and they talk about the size (which matters a lot, in 2 dimension, as well as the shape) square vs. teardrop, vs. rectangular.....anyway, like you said, a "small" aero detail that remains (at least to me) very unknown....
@777 I wonder (since the endurance car is expected to be fuel efficient so that it can go lap after lap utilizing the least amount of fuel) why they did not use smaller/ more aero side mirrors. Maybe that way they could have designed a simpler wing-plates.....I'm just speculation on what you said. (if the side mirrors do create turbulence)...