SEAT to display new ‘Leon Cup Racer’ next weekend

SEAT Sport will display a concept touring car León at the GTI meeting at Wörthersee next weekend. The prototype is to show what a new touring car SEAT León could look like, as a primer for a new Cup racing car or even for the WTCC.

The ‘Leon Cup Racer’ features 330bhp and is a development prototype for a new generation of SEAT racing cars.

Over the last decade SEAT has been a mainstay in touring car racing in Europe, with the Super 2000 specification SEAT León having competed in the World Touring Car Championship, British Touring Car Championship, Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, European Touring Car Cup, as well as the former Danish and Belgian series. SEAT has also supported a number of national series competing with the SEAT León Supercopa, as well as a SEAT Eurocup up until 2011, all based on the second generation León.

“It already gives a very clear indication of what a SEAT touring car racer might look like, prepared for a wide range of racing series worldwide,” says SEAT Sport’s statement.

“The 330 hp / 243 kW Leon Cup Racer forms the basis for the development work and test drives to be undertaken over the coming months.”

SEAT Sport Director Jaime Puig recently confirmed to TouringCarTimes that a decision to build a new León to the 2014 World Touring Car Championship regulations hasn’t been taken yet, and will need to be taken soon if the car was to be ready for the start of the season.

The last time SEAT introduced a change of car was with the León in 2005, it was introduced mid-season to replace the preceding Toledo S2000 car which was developed for the ETCC.