Bragging rights at the Nurburgring aren’t just reserved for high-power supercars.
Seat has set a new record for the fastest estate car (station wagon if you’re not from Europe) to lap the famous German race track. The Seat Leon ST Cupra managed a lap in 7 minutes and 58.1 seconds, making it about 11 seconds faster than the Audi RS4 Avant that previously held the record.
What’s surprising is that the estate version of the Leon ST Cupra was actually half a second faster than the three-door hatchback version of the same car despite it being about 100 pounds heavier and using the same powerplant. Both cars get their motivation from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 276 hp.
“In high speed corners the ST rear axle is more progressive, and the top speed is higher with the better drag coefficient,” said the man who set the lap, Spanish racer Jordi Gené. “What we lose exiting some corners we get it back in high-speed turns and on the straights.”
The car that broke the record was outfitted with the optional performance package with adds larger brakes, 19-inch wheels and Micheline Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
[Source: Top Gear]