SEAT Cupra

SEAT Cupra
TypeSubsidiary of SEAT S.A.
PredecessorSEAT Special Vehicles department
Founded1985 (as SEAT Sport)
2018 (as Cupra)
HeadquartersAbrera, Catalonia, Spain
ProductsPerformance cars and racing cars
ParentVolkswagen Group

SEAT Cupra, S.A.U., known by the brand name Cupra and formerly known as SEAT Sport is the high-performance motorsport subsidiary of the Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT, founded in 1985,[1] succeeding the "SEAT Special Vehicles department" which had been formed in 1971 with the mission to enforce the brand's participation in rally championships, followed by 11 titles between 1979 and 1983.[2] It has competed in rallying and touring car racing, and also develops high performance versions of road cars. The result of this effort has been rewarded through SEAT's most prestigious titles in FIA championships, three conquests with the SEAT Ibiza Kit-Car in the FIA 2L World Rally Championship (WRC) (1996, 1997, 1998) and two times with the SEAT León in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) (2008, 2009).[3]

In 2018 SEAT created the Cupra brand as its independent high-performance branch and SEAT Sport was officially replaced by Cupra Racing.[4]

  1. ^ SEAT Sport foundation "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-02-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ SEAT motorsport 1970-1977
  3. ^ SEAT Sport history
  4. ^ "CUPRA: a new brand is born". Retrieved 2018-04-29.

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