Legendary Circuits to Host Inaugural SEAT Leon Eurocup
10 April 2014
The new SEAT Leon Eurocup will visit some of the world’s most famous venues including Spa-Francorchamps, Monza and the Nürburgring in its first season, commencing in May.
Set to feature a full field of 330hp Leon Cup Racers, the one-make series marks the next chapter in SEAT Sport’s rich motorsport heritage, which spans more than four decades. The Spanish marque secured FIA World Touring Car Championships in 2008 and 2009, while more than 450 race cars were sold to customers around the world during the 12 seasons of the SEAT Leon Supercopa.
In 2014, the new SEAT Leon Eurocup will visit six European circuits alongside the FIA World Touring Car Championship and International GT Open, commencing at the Nürburgring on 2-4 May. It will be followed by visits to Salzburgring in Austria and Formula One Grand Prix circuits that include Silverstone in the UK, Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, Monza in Italy and SEAT’s home track, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Each race weekend consists of 90-minutes of track time across practice and qualifying, before a pair of 50-60km sprint races, with attractive prize money on offer. Cars are currently available for €70,000 (excl. VAT), having been developed in recent months in the hands of SEAT Sport test driver Jordi Gené.
Front-wheel-drive SEAT Leon Cup Racers are powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine delivering 400Nm of torque and partnered with a six-speed gearbox. Weighing 1,150kg and with an FIA-homologated rollcage, the car retains the DNA of the production Leon, 16.6cm wider with a distinctive bodykit and 18-inch racing wheels.
“We’ve received a fantastic response to the new SEAT Leon Eurocup since announcing our plans for the series late last year,” says Jaime Puig, Head of SEAT Sport and responsible for the brand’s motorsport activities. “Based on the new generation Leon, it’s the next step of SEAT Sport’s ongoing commitment to providing our customers with high-value, high-technology and highly-competitive motorsport.Now, in announcing our very first calendar, including iconic circuits such as Spa and Monza, the countdown until the SEAT Leon Eurocup really begins.”
For more information about the SEAT Leon Eurocup, visit www.seat-sport.com/eurocup.
2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup calendar
1. Nürburgring, Germany, 2-4 May
2. Salzburgring, Austria, 23-25 May
3. Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom, 18-20 July
4. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 5-7 September
5. Autodromo di Monza, Italy, 26-28 September
6. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 17-19 October
SEAT Leon Eurocup is a new-for-2014 racing series from SEAT Sport.
Since 1970, the Spanish brand has built a rich motorsport heritage, taking a pair of FIA World Touring Car Championships in 2008 and 2009 and running successful one-make series’ around the world.
Through other international and regional programmes, SEAT Sport has also claimed more than 25 rallying and touring car racing titles.
The one-make series will visit six different European circuits in 2014, including five Formula One venues, with drivers behind the wheel of two-litre, 330hp SEAT Leon Cup Racers, based on the new generation SEAT Leon.
SEAT Leon Eurocup Press Office
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SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in more than 75 countries. In 2013 SEAT achieved a business volume of 6,473 million euros, the highest figure in its history, with worldwide sales of 355,000 units.
SEAT Group employs 13,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon, amongst other models. Additionally, the company produces the Alhambra in Palmela (Portugal), the Mii in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Toledo in Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic).
The Spanish multinational also has a Technical Center, a ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together more than 900 engineers whose goal is to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.