One was developed at the SEAT Technical Centre, while the other was created by engineering students from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. They are the SEAT Leon CUPRA and the single seat CAT09e – 290 hp and a 2.0 TFSI engine, against a 108 hp fully electric engine. They both have completely different backgrounds, but today they face up against each other on a circuit in Barcelona, the ideal location to showcase their individual prowess.
The CAT09e is a single-seater that took a year to design, develop and build for the Formula Student international competition sponsored by SEAT, an event for teams of engineering students and their own prototypes. The CAT09e was the winner among all the electric vehicles that competed in a race held in the Czech Republic. It features a carbon fibre chassis, reaches a top speed of 110 km/h and has a range of 22 kilometres.
That, of course, is a far cry from the performance of the SC, 5-door and ST family car versions of the SEAT Leon CUPRA, which fulfil the demands of any car enthusiast. With its sporty character, this high-end model has features such as front wheel drive with self-locking differential, which enables the car to take curves with greater confidence. It is therefore not surprising that the CUPRAs have achieved numerous successes throughout their history. One of the most prominent was recorded in May 2015, when Spanish driver Jordi Gené smashed the best fast lap time with a vehicle of this category on the German track of Nürburgring, setting a time of 7 minutes, 58 seconds and 44 tenths.
The SEAT sponsored Formula Student educational project enables engineering students to design, develop and build their own single-seater to participate in team competitions at various events. SEAT sponsored team ETSEIB from UPC Barcelona and team ESEIAAT from UPC Terrassa, whose results have placed it in the Top 10 world ranking.