This follows news that Renault had retaken its title as the king of front-wheel-drive production cars at the legendary course, after the Cupra 280 smashed an earlier Megane RS time of 8:08 with a red hot 7:58 lap.
Speaking with British mag Auto Express, Seat’s Sven Schawe said that if his team stripped the Cupra to the same extent as Renault’s new Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, the record would again be theirs.
"Yes Renault have the record, but it's a very different type of car to ours," Schawe told Auto Express. "If we removed parts from our car, it's only four seconds, I'm confident we could beat it.”
Seat may be prepared to let Renault have its victory, however, with the Volkswagen-owned Spanish brand seemingly undecided on the value of continuing the new power struggle.
To qualify for the title, the company would need to offer a run of cars to customers, tuned to the same high standards and fitted with the same track-ready equipment.
Renault has confirmed its willingness by offering 250 of the Trophy-R cars around the world (including 50 to Australia). But Seat?
"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 said.
He added that while the Trophy-R is a limited-edition model, the Leon that stormed to victory at the ‘ring was a regular Cupra 280 hot hatch fitted with a £2500 (AU$4530) performance pack that will be available to all customers from July - just as the Golf GTI’s Performance Pack is available to all.
The pack doesn’t offer any extra power - 206kW and 350Nm is a sizeable dollop already - but it does bigger Brembo brakes and lightweight 19-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres.
Could Seat go the extra mile, introducing a ‘stripper’ to take on the Trophy-R and take back the title?
"We already have a car like this," Schawe said. So, they’ve built it… but we might never see it.
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