Meet The Seat Leon Cup Racer

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.

-Mike


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36 comments
JMoore
JMoore

The headlights remind me of the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant.

ogun7
ogun7

this is an awesome car! Is this based on the Polo platform?

Marco Maas
Marco Maas

will look good with the new grey / orange Speedhunters T.

Olaf16
Olaf16

I like the look of it. Just fits

JDMized
JDMized

Anybody noticed the funky looking end plates of the rear wing? Any thoughts?

KietaPhillips
KietaPhillips

I might have missed it, but is this AWD or RWD.

sean klingelhoefer
sean klingelhoefer moderator

Wow, they just keep getting better. That looks INCREDIBLE!

JDMized
JDMized

One word, SICK!

Too bad VW won't import it into the US.

Abarth087
Abarth087

Beautiful car, Spanish Race Car!

ClaytonPayton
ClaytonPayton

 @JDMized the look like they are right inline with the edge of the roof/door line. maybe generating extra downforce? 

robzor
robzor

 @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.

777
777

 @JDMized

 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.

trism
trism

 @KietaPhillips

 Check out the Shift linkage going forwards through the firewall. Totally a FWD

Olaf16
Olaf16

@sean klingelhoefer i agree

KietaPhillips
KietaPhillips

@JDMized I agree, I would actually look into one.

aussieANON
aussieANON

 @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.

KietaPhillips
KietaPhillips

@lalandeusse @aussieANON Bet it would make an awesome GRC car.

JDMized
JDMized

 @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....

JDMized
JDMized

 @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)...

Fede
Fede

 @trism  @KietaPhillips RE-Amemiya's RX7s have a similar linkage but are RWD..it just means the gearbox is in front..?

pwhyze
pwhyze

 @aussieANON  @lalandeusse Considering the weight penalty, might not be that much more. Besides, I think in most race series the car's layout would be regulated anyway


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