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2013-06-18 11:50

BUILT WITH A PURPOSE: Seat has unveiled its Leon Cup Racer, along with a stunning video showing its production. Image: Newspress

Seat released a video charting the development of the Leon Cup Racer. Through time-lapse photography, the video shows the creation of the new model from its early production through to the final racing-tuned product.

The automaker was previously in South Africa until its exit in 2008.

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The Leon Cup Racer is available to order for race teams around the worlds, with the first cars expected to hit the track at the start of the 2014 motorsport season.

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It gives a clear indication of what a Seat touring car might look like, and has been developed to adapt to a wide range of racing series globally.


Jaime Puig, director of Seat Sport, said: “We have succeeded in making the new Leon much better than the old one, and now we will repeat this success on the race track.”

Powered by a 2.0 turbocharged engine developing 246kW and 340Nm, the Leon Cup Racer’s development was focused entirely on the pursuit of quick lap times, according to the automaker.

Its track width is 400mm greater than the production Leon’s and is designed to be aerodynamically efficient. Its interior is stripped out to minimise weight and includes a full roll cage.

Customers can buy one for the equivalent of about R936 000 with a six-speed DSG twin clutch auto or R1.2-million for an endurance version including a sequential racing transmission and a mechanical differential lock.    


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