Seat Cordoba Profile

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Seat Cordoba General Information

As this is Seat's only WRCar ever, most is already explained in Seat's manufacturer story. Therefore the 2 main aspects and problems behind this car may seem like a repeat, but belong into both stories.

Although being affected by Volkswagen politics was long term Seat's bigger problem, on one side Seat seemed a bit naive. They never dominated F2 rallying, they only became F2 champions because they were the only ones regularly competing, but a match to cars as i.e. Peugeot 306 or Citroën Xsara or Ford Escort, the Seat Ibiza F2 Kit Car was never! So how did Seat think their "outstanding" F2 title performances would guarantee them similar success at WRC level? In this naive or even blindfolded thinking there are certainly parallels to Hyundai and Suzuki.

On the other hand maybe the car wasn't that bad, as to a large degree this WRCar was affected by unnecessary politics. Seat was under control of Volkswagen and their WRCar project kicked off in Finland 1998, only 4months before its sister company within the Volkswagen Group, Skoda, joined the very same competition. It seems, even though Seat and Skoda had relative freedom, Volkswagen was never keen on the idea that these companies survived on Volkswagen money and then used money to compete each other. Another political joke is that Seat never wanted to compete with the Cordoba, they only did so because somebody at Seat didn't read the rule book and thought there was no way to turn an Ibiza into a WRCar, when very clearly they could have done so (the minimum length is based on one variation of this model, not the entire model range)!

However once the Cordoba WRC program gained momentum, Seat sadly still was effected by the same Volkswagen politics. We are talking a new car of a new team and indeed a new manufacturer to front line rallying. Nobody ever expected them to win straight out of the box. Toni Gardemeister actually managed a podium for the 1st Evolution Cordoba WRC in NZ 1999. And when the first upgrade of the new car, the Evo2 arrived in Finland 1999, a performance event at that, it debuted with both cars finishing in the top6. Harri Rovanperä managed a podium on the RAC 1999 and Didier Auriol another podium on the Safari 2000. Hyundai never ever managed a podium in 4years of competing with a WRCar, and in fact the Seat team did no worse than Subaru did in their first 3 years of competing seriously with Prodrive!!!! And this was not the end of the story. Experienced Didier Auriol joined the team for the 2000 season and he came up with many ideas to improve the car further. Only most of Didier Auriol's ideas needed a new homologation. So Seat could never turn Didier's ideas into reality until the Cordoba WRC Evo3 debuted in Finland 2000. And believe it or not, only 2 weeks after the Evo3's debut Volkswagen ordered Seat to stop the program, all the money was invested and the new car never got a chance!

Leaves to say the car was unusual for some of Seat Sport internals. Seat was one of the rare teams that had their own sports department and run things in house. If you look at the successes of i.e. the PSA teams (Peugeot, Citroën), this is a very efficient way, exchange with the big and powerful road car research and development centre, quick reactions to necessary, even if big changes possible and vice versa rally ideas and experiences could go into the next road car. Only for Seat this set up didn't seem to end in such efficiency and successes as the PSA teams enjoy. Strangely for this set up, when all other teams developped their transmissions at least to a bigger part in house, Seat purchased he whole unit from Subaru tuners Prodrive!

This was maybe a bad idea. Not doubting the professionality of Prodrive, but fact is that the drivers' main complaint through all 3 evolutions of the Seat Cordoba WRC was indifferent handling, as if the differentials were wearing excessively throughout the event, as if you would start an event with a perfect car and 5 stages later you wouldn't reckognize it any more.
 

Seat Cordoba Related Content


Seat Cordoba Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Seat Cordoba WRC Evo1 (98-00) 300/5300 480/3500 4150.1770.1500 1230 (4.1) 4x4 (2443)
Seat Cordoba WRC Evo2 (99-01) 300/5000 520/3500 4172.1770.1500 1230 (4.1) 4x4 (2443)
Seat Cordoba WRC Evo3 (00-01) 300/5000 520/3500 4172.1770.1500 1230 (4.1) 4x4 (2443)

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Seat Cordoba Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
33rd. 2006 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Zurita J. Munoz #62 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 2001 WRC Rallye de Portugal M. Blasquez J. Mercader #35 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
4th. 2000 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] 4:27:20.9
10th. 2000 WRC Swedish Rally D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 3:25:49.2
12th. 2000 WRC Swedish Rally H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #16 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 2000 WRC Safari Rally D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 8:55:57
9th. 2000 WRC Rallye de Portugal T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] 4:42:24.2
10th. 2000 WRC Rallye de Portugal D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 4:46:38
14th. 2000 WRC Rallye de Portugal R. Madeira F. Prata #23 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 2000 WRC Rally of Finland D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 3:31:3.4
12th. 2000 WRC Rally of Finland R. Sperrer P. Carlsson #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 2000 WRC Tour de Corse D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 4:05:44.9
11th. 2000 WRC Tour de Corse T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] 4:09:34.7
17th. 2000 WRC Rallye San Remo D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 2000 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Verreydt J. Elst #51 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 2000 WRC Rally Australia (WA) T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] 3:46:46.5
8th. 2000 WRC Rally Australia (WA) D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 3:51:51.8
9th. 2000 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] 3:47:29.4
10th. 2000 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #17 [UNKNOWN] 3:48:12
12th. 2000 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] 3:50:01
6th. 1999 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] 5:23:48.7
7th. 1999 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 5:23:52.9
16th. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1999 WRC Safari Rally H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 9:40:8.4
10th. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] 4:20:53
14th. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] 3:51:41.6
13th. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1999 WRC Rally New Zealand T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #10 [UNKNOWN] 4:13:56.1
5th. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 3:11:4.6
6th. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #10 [UNKNOWN] 3:12:04
5th. 1999 WRC China Rally H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 3:47:52
16th. 1999 WRC Rallye San Remo H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1999 WRC Rally Australia (WA) H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 3:52:44.3
16th. 1999 WRC Rally Australia (WA) T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #10 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1999 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 3:58:39.5
11th. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 3:32:57.7
16th. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Duez L. Manset #10 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1998 WRC Rally Australia (WA) H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 4:04:53.1
6th. 1998 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] 4:01:3.9

Seat Cordoba Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2001 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Evans C. Patterson #24 [UNKNOWN] SS8 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Kahle P. Göbel #27 [UNKNOWN] SS18 suspension
Ret. 2001 WRC Cyprus Rally M. Blasquez J. Mercader #23 [UNKNOWN] SS4 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Rally Argentina M. Blasquez J. Mercader #19 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye Catalunya S. Canellas Jnr. A. Sanchis #21 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Blasquez J. Mercader #24 [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Evans H. Davies #20 [UNKNOWN] SS9 clutch
Ret. 2000 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS10 turbo
Ret. 2000 WRC Cyprus Rally D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] SS7 suspension
Ret. 2000 WRC Cyprus Rally T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally of Finland T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS11 fuel pump
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally New Zealand T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally New Zealand D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash
Ret. 2000 WRC Acropolis Rally D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] SS7 suspension
Ret. 2000 WRC Acropolis Rally T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS9 steering
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally Argentina D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] SS5 clutch
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally Argentina T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS5 clutch
Ret. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya S. Canellas Jnr. C. del Barrio #22 [UNKNOWN] SS6 punctures
Ret. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 2000 WRC Safari Rally T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS4 withdrawn - navigator ill
Ret. 2000 WRC Swedish Rally T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #8 [UNKNOWN] SS11 engine
Ret. 2000 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo D. Auriol D. Giraudet #7 [UNKNOWN] SS14 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #10 [UNKNOWN] SS12 clutch
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Evans H. Davies #16 [UNKNOWN] SS22 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] SS15 transmission
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #20 [UNKNOWN] SS16 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC China Rally P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] SS8 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally New Zealand H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] SS17 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] SS8 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Acropolis Rally P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally Argentina H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] SS15 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally Argentina P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] SS22 suspension
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye de Portugal P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye de Portugal H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Safari Rally P. Liatti C. Cassina #10 [UNKNOWN] SS11 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally M. Grönholm T. Rautiainen #10 [UNKNOWN] SS2 engine
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Evans H. Davies #10 [UNKNOWN] SS18 gearbox
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Duez L. Manset #10 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #9 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland O. Gomez M. Marti #10 [UNKNOWN] SS21 crash