SEAT Sport is the excessive-performance motorsport department of the Spanish vehicle producer SEAT, based in 1985,succeeding the “SEAT Special Vehicles department” which had been formed in 1971 with the task to put in force the logo’s participation in rally championships, observed by means of 11 titles between 1979 and 1983.
It has competed in rallying and touring car racing, and additionally develops excessive performance variations of avenue vehicles. The end result of this effort has been rewarded thru SEAT’s most prestigious titles in FIA championships, 3 conquests with the SEAT Ibiza Kit-Car within the FIA 2L World Rally Championship (WRC) (1996, 1997, 1998) and two instances with the SEAT León inside the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) (2008, 2009).
In 2018 SEAT created the Cupra brand as its independent excessive-performance branch and officially SEAT Sport turned into replaced by means of Cupra Racing.
SEAT’s first extreme strive at a World Rally Championship (WRC) changed into again within the 1977 season whilst SEAT took component with its ‘SEAT 1430/124D Especial 1800’ race car, and already in its debut rallying occasion at the Monte Carlo Rally the SEAT crew completed inside the 1/3 and fourth place with the legit 1430-1800 automobiles being pushed by way of Antonio Zanini and Salvador Cañellas.
In the recent years the consignment was stressed at the small SEAT Ibiza, a 1.6L commonly aspirated the front-wheel force car with its roots in the Volkswagen Polo. The Ibiza allowed the corporation to begin constructing its rallying enjoy, and changed into formally engaged in some European countrywide championships. The years went through and little fulfillment observed until a 2L version of the Ibiza became homologated as a kit-automobile, and further wide tracks, large wheels, brakes, and so on., had been suited for it as the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) kit-vehicle guidelines permit. With those attributes, the car won the 2L World Championship 3 instances (’96, ‘ninety seven, ’98).
SEATs 3 conquests of the 2L FIA identify, and the sport’s recognition in Spain, convinced Volkswagen Group management to head further, and allocate sufficient budgets to the SEAT Sport department as a way to allow it a chance to attain its goal.
SEATs assignment to build a WRC-spec automobile turned into formally introduced for the duration of the 1997 San Remo rally. It become in 1998 that the SEAT Córdoba WRC become first enrolled via the agency to compete at the best level of WRC racing. The Córdoba turned into based totally on the circle of relatives saloon of the same call but was, evidently, a WRC class car. It had a 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, permanent four-wheel force, and energetic differentials were worried in its transmission.
However, the fast wheelbase and high-installed engine (compared to its opponents) labored towards the Córdoba, and outcomes were not impressive. The primary drivers were ex-WRC champion Didier Auriol, together with Harri Rovanpera and growing Finnish celebrity Toni Gardemeister. They did obtain three podium finishes; on the 1999 Rally New Zealand (Gardemeister), the 1999 Rally of Great Britain (Rovanpera) as well as the 2000 Safari Rally (Auriol). SEAT pulled out of international rallying at the stop of 2000.