Martorell. – The SEAT Leon Cup racer has made its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Not only was this the UK debut of the Cup Racer, but the first time that the car had ever been driven in public.
The stunning race car, based on the new SEAT Leon, was driven up the famous Hillclimb by renowned race driver and SEAT ambassador Jordi Gené.
Despite taking its place among some of the most rare and exotic cars in the world, the Cup Racer truly stood out during each of its runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12-14 July), and enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the Goodwood crowd.
Subsequent visitors to the SEAT stand in the main arena gave a ringing endorsement of the car, while highly regarded motoring photographer Max Earey took to Twitter to call the Cup Racer “one of the most photogenic non-supercars around.”
SEAT Executive Vice President for Research & Development Dr. Matthias Rabe, who attended the event, said: “After all the hard work that SEAT Sport put into developing the Leon Cup Racer, it was fantastic seeing it go up Goodwood’s famous Hillclimb – a fitting place to show the car to the public for the first time. ”
“The new Leon is the perfect starting point for a race car, but the SEAT Sport team has truly excelled by turning it into a highly focussed track machine – but one that’s adaptable to many different race disciplines. We’re certain it will be a huge motorsport success in the coming seasons. ”
“The comments I received from motorsport fans at our Goodwood stand were overwhelmingly positive, and I’m looking forward to the Cup Racer making its competitive debut.”
The Leon Cup Racer is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 330 PS and 340 Nm. The car has been developed to adapt to a variety of racing categories, including endurance racing, and is available with either a six-speed DSG twin clutch transmission or a full sequential racing transmission including a mechanical differential lock.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, described by organisers as ‘the largest motoring garden party in the world’ and held in the grounds of Goodwood House, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Tickets sold out for the 2013 show, meaning 186,000 spectators passed through the gate over the course of four days (July 11-14).