Based on the five-door Leon model, the Cup Racer is propelled by a two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which sends 243 kW (330 hp) and 350 Nm of torque to the front wheels via a 6-speed DSG transmission and electronic differential lock. An endurance racing version, equipped with a lever-operated sequential racing transmission and mechanical differential lock, will also be offered, with SEAT also confirming that it is developing a WTCC variant with 1.6-litre engine.
Visually, the metallic matte grey Cup car sits on 18-inch racing wheels and features full-LED lighting, a 40 cm wider track than its road-going counterpart, and an extensive aero package including a smooth underbody, an aggressive front fascia with large intakes and lower spoiler. There is also a set of monster wheel arches with air outlets to cool the four-piston brakes, flared sill extensions, a raised rear wing and colossal diffuser with centrally-mounted exhaust.
Moving to the minimalist interior, there’s a full roll-cage, leather-trimmed bucket seat with HANS head-protection system, multi-function steering wheel and high-resolution TFT display.
“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 Nurburgring,” says Jaime Puig, Head of SEAT Sport.
Preliminary pre-VAT pricing has been set at €70,000, while the endurance version will set you back €95,000.