The New Ibiza is set to be a star of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, having been lined up as the centrepiece of SEAT’s stand at the four-day festival (25 to 28 June), fresh from its recent world premiere at the Barcelona motor show.
The Goodwood crowds will have the first opportunity to get up close with the marque’s iconic supermini – which has amassed more than five million sales over the last 30 years.
Set for its launch in September, the new model has been comprehensively updated to make it more desirable, boasting enhanced performance and efficiency, improved dynamics and innovative technology. One of its most headline-grabbing features being its seamless connectivity when on the move, in part thanks to the Spanish brand’s recent tie-up with electronic giants SAMSUNG.
Sharing the limelight with the New Ibiza will be several of the latest additions to SEAT’s UK line-up, including the scorching Leon ST CUPRA 280, the car that’s adding unprecedented pulseracing performance to the compact estate car market, and the Leon X-Perience, which brings genuine allroad capability to the range for the first time.
SEAT will also be adding to the Festival’s speed and spectacle with the 330PS Leon Cup Racer, in endurance specification, attacking the famous Goodwood Hill course. Fresh from the latest round in this year’s extended, seven-race SEAT Leon Eurocup series, the track-bred Leon will give a demonstrationof its handling and performance. At the wheel will be Martin Byford, a past winner in the SEAT CUPRA Cup. A fire-breathing Leon ST CUPRA 280 fitted with a Black Sub8 Performance Pack will also be zipping up the hill in the ‘First Glance’ category.
Under its strapline, ‘Technology to Enjoy’ visitors young and old will be able to pit their wits against each other on two Leon Cup Racer simulators on the SEAT stand. The fastest time on each day securing the winners exclusive SEAT goodies. Topping off its display of motorsport passion will be virtual reality headsets showcasing the brand’s success at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track, or as it is more commonly known, “The Green Hell”. There will also be a thricedaily chance for stand visitors to soak up the event in exclusive surroundings, through a VIP upgrade competition. SEAT’s strong Moving Motor Show line-up will include the fashionable Mii by MANGO and five Leons, such as the CUPRA 280 in 5-door and ST guise, plus the four-wheel-drive X-Perience.
X-PERIENCE the Leon at the Festival of Speed, Goodwood