2013 Seat Leon Cup Racer

Η Seat θα παρουσιάσει στη φετινή εκδήλωση του Wörthersee, που θα γίνει από τις 8 έως και τις 12 Μαίου, το νέο Leon Cup Racer, το οποίο θα είναι διαθέσιμο για τις αγωνιστικές ομάδες για την επόμενη σεζόν.

Βασίζεται σε ένα πεντάθυρο Leon και είναι βαμμένο σε γκρι μεταλλικό ματ με κάποιες πορτοκαλί λεπτομέρειες. Πατάει πάνω σε 18άρες αγωνιστικές ζάντες και οι αεροδυναμικές αλλαγές ολοκληρώνονται με νέους προφυλακτήρες εμπρός και πίσω, φαρδύτερα φτερά, φουσκωμένα μαρσπιέ, μεγάλη πίσω αεροτομή και πιο ομαλό το κάτω μέρος του αυτοκινήτου για καλύτερα ροή του αέρα.

2013 Seat Leon Cup Racer

Στο εσωτερικό έχουν γίνει οι κατάλληλες τροποποιήσεις ώστε να χαμηλώσει όσο το δυνατόν το κέντρο βάρους του αυτοκινήτου και φοράει ένα ολόκληρο roll cage, bucket καθίσματα με το σύστημα HANS, μια TFT πολυλειτουργική οθόνη και αγωνιστικό τιμόνι.

Μηχανικά, το κινητήριο σύνολο του Leon Cup Racer είναι ένας 2-λιτρος turbo κινητήρας με 330 άλογα και 350 Nm ροπης, με τη κίνηση να μεταδίδεται στον εμπρός άξονα μέσω ενός 6-τάχυτου DSG και ηλεκτρονικά ελεγχόμενου διαφορικού. Το αυτοκίνητο μπορεί να παραγγελθεί και με σειριακό αγωνιστικό κιβώτιο με κεντρικά τοποθετημένο τον λεβιέ για τις αλλαγές των ταχυτήτων και μηχανικό διαφορικό.

2013 Seat Leon Cup Racer

Η τιμή για τα Leon με το DSG θα ξεκινάει από τα €70.000, ενώ με το σειριακό κιβώτιο από τα €95.000, χωρίς να συμπεριλαμβάνεται στη τιμή ο ΦΠΑ.

Ο επικεφαλής της Seat Sport που είναι υπεύθυνος και για τις αγωνιστικές δραστηριότητες της ισπανικής εταιρίας, Jaime Puig, δήλωσε:

Αναμένουμε να είμαστε σε θέση να προσφέρουμε το Leon Cup Racer στις ομάδες από την εποχή του 2014. Μπορούμε επίσης να εξετάσουμε την περαιτέρω ανάπτυξη του Cup Racer για να κατασκευάσουμε μια WTCC έκδοση με κινητήρα 1.6-λίτρων.

[Πηγή: Seat]

Δελτίο Τύπου

  • SEAT Leon Cup Racer showcases the brand’s motorsport future
  • 330 PS, lightweight design, cutting-edge racing technology
  • Prepared for private teams and a wide range of racing series worldwide
  • Available now, from €70,000 excl. VAT
  • Leon show car featuring full aero kit on display in Wörthersee too

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.”