SEAT eyes Renault lap record with lighter Leon Cupra

SEAT Leon Cupra Cup racer
16 Jun, 2014 4:19pm Jack Rix

SEAT plotting stripped-out rival to Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy-R to steal back Nurburgring record

On the same day that Renault announced its new Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy-R has claimed the front-wheel drive Nurburgring lap record - eclipsing the SEAT Leon Cupra's time by four seconds - SEAT has revealed plans for a stripped-out track-focused version to steal it back.

"Yes Renault have the record, but it's a very different type of car to ours," Sven Schawe, manager of chassis development for the Leon Cupra, told us. "If we removed parts from our car, it's only four seconds, I'm confident we could beat it.

"We have to see if it makes sense to offer a car like this to our customers, there needs to be a series car behind it and we need to see what the customer says," Schawe added.

The plan is more than just an idea though. "We already have a car like this," Schawe revealed, proving SEAT is poised to give this hardcore Cupra the green light.

"We wanted to offer a car that's for everyone, that's not limited. Now we need to decide if we want to continue this competition with Renault," he said.

The SEAT Leon Cupra that set the time of 7 minutes and 58 seconds was fitted with a performance pack, which will be offered to customers from July. For around £2,500 it adds bigger Brembo brakes, lightweight 19-inch wheels, side skirts and semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres.

If this more focused version makes production, expect more aggressive suspension settings and up to 100kg of weight savings by ditching the back seats and removing sounds deadening. A power boost to 296bhp isn't out of the question, either.

However, Schawe confirmed that he won't be turning to four-wheel drive: "We have considered it, sure, but even with more power front-wheel drive is lighter, cheaper and faster. If you have €6,000 more to spend you can always buy a Golf R."

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No one mention that Seat record car was also lighter with no AC,and they hide that fact for months.I am so glad that renault is back at the top simply beacuse Seat guys are liars and cheaters.

Google it. It was stated on the 14th March.

They are all cheating, none of these cars are spec stock. Doesn't matter anyway, because only the incredibly stupid would take any notice of this silly willy waving.

The Nordschleife has no relevance to any road driving and minimal relevance to the average track day circuit.

So car makers need to grow up a bit.

Nothing has been hidden, you have chosen to ignore the proper releases that clearly stated what was and was not on the car.

Anyway, like has been said, this is all willy waving, they mean nothing, the cars have been spec'd to achieve these targets, but you will never get that car on the road, as they cost far far FAR more money to make than a standard spec car.

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