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Unlucky from word go
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After three consecutive 2l Cup litre titles in 1996 to 1998, Seat decided to move on to top level and introduce a World Rally Car. From early on team, which was one of the smallest in the championship, acknowledged that they had no resources to develop the car alone. As a result, much of the parts were either bought from outside or commissioned to contracted specialists.

Engine was prepared from standard Cordoba unit by Daniel Snobeck, a french racing tuner. A classic mistake as atmospheric circuit racing engines have quite different requirements if compared to rally engines, especially with current intake restrictors which shift emphasis from top power to low-end torque. Gearbox was based on original Hewland design and assembled by Prodrive.

Seat engineers had read the rules and noticed that requirement for base car was a minimum length of 4000 millimeters. Team would have wanted to use tried and tested Ibiza but road going Ibiza was only 3855 millimeters long. Engineers nodded their collective heads and looked for bigger car which they found on Cordoba. You can imagine their amazement when Peugeot later announced 206WRC and basic 206 was even shorter than Ibiza. Peugeot had asked from FIA if producing sufficient number of special 206 models which met rule criterias would be ok and FIA said yes.

Statistics
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Debut WRC event: Finland 1998
Best WRC result: 3rd by Toni Gardemeister in New Zealand 1999
Rallies contested: 14  (works entries)
WRC starts: 27  (works entries)
Outright wins: 0  
Podiums: 1  (podiums to starts ratio 3.7%)
DNF's: 13  (DNF's to starts ratio 48.1 %)
Points scored: 13  (manufacturer championship points)
Avg points per rally: 0.9  
Technical data
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Group and class World Rally Car
Engine
Location: Front transverse
Turbo: Yes
Cylinders: 4 in line
Valves: 16
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 92.1 mm
Cubic capacity: 1995 cc
Power: 300 hp
Torque: 470 Nm
Compression ratio: 8.1:1
Dimensions
Length: 4150 mm
Width: 1770 mm
Height: 1500 mm
Wheelbase: 2443 mm
Front track: 1520 mm
Rear track: 1520 mm
Weight: 1230 kg
Transmission
Drive: 4WD
Gearbox: Transverse
Gears: 6
Sequential: Yes
Clutch plates: 2
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