The Spanish carmaker Seat developed this concept car which was first shown in 2000. The Formula is a strictly two-seater aimed at bringing the excitement of competition driving to the road, while not overlooking the comforts needed for more conventional driving.
Design, technology and performance are skilfully blended in this roadster developed by the Design Centre Europe at Sitges (Barcelona), the advanced design facility owned by Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT.
In the SEAT Formula it is not just the name that comes from racing. Its engine, a 4-cylinder, 2 litre, 20 valve turbo developing 240 horsepower, and its transmission, with a 6-speed sequential box, come from the Cordoba World Rally Car which SEAT uses to compete at the highest world rally level.
The performance of the Formula is impressive: 235 km/h top speed and 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in less than 5 seconds.
The engine is mounted centrally on an aluminium chassis, built using the most advanced technology. The aluminium extrusions are linked rather than welded in order to create maximum rigidity and strength with minimum weight.
The superimposed triangles suspension, in Formula One style, carries horizontally mounted Penske shock absorbers, whilst the impressive 20-inch diameter wheels are made from extremely light alloy.
The theme of light weight is continued inside the Formula, where advanced engineering solutions are applied boldly. Consequently, the chassis and crash protection structure are visible, creating a minimalist but extremely robust cabin environment.
The main instruments are mounted as separate units in order to focus the driver's attention on the key controls. The 6-speed sequential gear change - Sportronic type, semi-automatic - can be operated two ways: via the two small levers located behind the steering wheel, or by a lever located in the central tunnel of the interior.
The SEAT Formula was designed not only for competition driving but also for more practical day-to-day motoring. A small air conditioning unit can be fitted, as additional secondary equipment, within the lower chassis structure.Source - SEAT