The incumbent just-broken record for production-specification front-wheel drive cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit was set in 2011 by a Renault team using a Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy driven by Renault Sport Development driver Laurent Hurgon.
The most obvious contender for SEAT's new lap record is Honda. In September 2012, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito announced the second coming of theCivic Type-R which was subsequently unveiled in Geneva last week - the same day the SEAT Cupra's new 'ring record was announced.
It might be souped up compared with the family sedan on which it is based, but the Leon Cupra is still a car that will happily troll to the supermarket and take the kids to school, yet it averaged 96 mph around the same Green Hell Jackie Stewart spoke of so reverently, topping 150 mph through the Tiergarten.
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