[dropcap]C[/dropcap]raftsmanship and technology combine in the production process of SEAT Sport cars and Ducati Corse motorcycles. Their teams work in Martorell and Bologna to produce vehicles fit for a podium. This is how a Leon Cup Racer and a Ducati MotoGP are made:
Two puzzles containing thousands of parts: The standard chassis of a Leon forms the basis for building a racecar. 1,400 parts are added to this structure to turn a production model into a Cup Racer. On the other hand, the 2,060 parts of a Ducati are mounted on a chassis that has been specifically designed for racing.
Up to 277 hours of handcrafted work: From the very first part, until the vehicle is completed, the teams of mechanics dedicate 277 hours to assemble the car and 80 hours to put together the motorcycle.
The heart of the machine: The Leon Cup Racer engine weighs in at 170 kilos, while the engine on the racing Ducati weighs 49 kilos. In both cases, it is one of the first components that get put into place. The difference between them is that the engine is lifted into the car with a crane, while on the motorcycle three mechanics lift the engine by hand to anchor it to the chassis.
9 milliseconds to change gears: One of the challenges pursued by competition vehicles is to gain fractions of a second every time the gears are shifted. In MotoGP, Ducati relies on Seamless technology, which enables gear changing in only 9 milliseconds by simply putting pressure on the gear lever. Furthermore, the Leon Cup Racer features a six-speed electronic DSG gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Power under full control: The 267 km/h output and 1,119 kilo package of the Leon Cup Racer are controlled with a 378 mm brake system up front with six piston callipers, while the competition Ducati features a 340 mm brake disc and four pistons to handle its 350 km/h performance and 157 kilo weight.