SEAT’s Leon is on something of a roll at the minute, with the Cupra 280 taking the FWD record at the Nürburging, whilst also picking up various accolades and positive reviews from the motoring press. So, what’s better than a 280 PS Leon? A stripped out racer with 330 PS and a humongous rear wing of course.
Make no mistake, that’s a rather good looking race car. Featuring as a support race for select rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and International GT Open, the Eurocup one make series will be contested across six weekends. With each race weekend featuring two 50-60km sprint races, there’ll be a lot of on-track action for the one make series. Let’s just hope SEAT have a lot of spare body panels if the racing is going to be a close as we expect. Developed with Jordi Gene – of WTCC and that ‘ring record fame – the Leon Eurocup adds more to the 450 Leon race cars produced during 12 seasons of the Supercopa.
Costing €70,000 plus taxes, the Leon Eurocup Racer is relatively affordable for a one-make racer supplied direct from the manufacturer. With a 2.0 turbocharged engine giving 330 PS (326 bhp), and 295 lb-ft of torque, fitted to a car weighing 1,150 kgs, performance should be on a par with BTCC racers. A six-speed gearbox is standard, as is a reassuringly complex roll cage and 18″ racing wheels. No notes on tyres, so we’re presuming the Eurocup will be using slicks.
For your money you also gain the hilariously dramatic bodykit, which adds 166mm in width over the standard Leon, along with an interior that looks like it was designed with Darth Vader in mind. We’d love to see that carbon fibre centre console in the regular road car!
The UK will get the chance to see the Leon Eurocup in July at Silverstone, supporting the WTCC. Full season calendar below:
- Nürburgring, Germany, 2-4 May
- Salzburgring, Austria, 23-24 May
- Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom, 18-20 July
- Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 5-7 September
- Autodromo di Monza, Italy, 26-28 September
- Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 17-19 October
EngageSportMode will bring you news and updates from the SEAT Leon Europcup as we get them but, in the mean time, if you want further info head over to the SEAT Sport website.