The GTI Wörthersee meet in the Austrian is one of the largest VW/Audi enthusiast gatherings in the world. As such, it has increasingly become a popular venue for manufacturers to unveil new performance or motorsport models to adoring fans. The 2013 Wörthersee meet is no different and will be the first public outing for the new Seat Leon Cup Racer.
The Spanish division of the VW Group has been a keen competitor in touring car and rallying for many years and this new car is intended to show the company's continued commitment to motorsport.
Intended as a concept, the Leon Cup Racer is said to provide an indication of what the next Seat touring car will look like, and is suitable for a number of worldwide racing series. Developing 330hp, the Leon Cup Racer will form the foundation for development work over the coming months.
Based on the five-door Leon model, the car has been painted in matte metallic grey with orange accents. It sits on 18" wheels with four-piston brake calipers, and the fenders are a full 15" wider than stock.
The new front spoiler optimizes aerodynamics as well as airflow to the engine and brakes. The flat underside, rear diffuser and roof spoiler were all designed to provide maximum downforce.
Inside, there's inevitably a rollcage and race seat with HANS head-protection system, while the panel are in lightweight carbon fiber. The seat was upholstered in special leather designed to regulate moisture.
The four-cylinder 2.0T engine boasts 330hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, transmitted through a six-speed DSG transmission to the front wheels with an electronically controlled differential lock. For endurance racing, the car can be equipped with a sequential transmission and a shift lever on the center console plus a mechanical LSD.
A preliminary price for the Leon Cup Racer has already been set at about $90,000 for the DSG version and $125000 for the endurance racer, with deliveries to customer teams expected in early 2014.