Following the partnership between SEAT and Ducati, which saw the new Leon CUPRA announced as the official car of the Ducati MotoGP team - the two brands have been comparing each others heritage collection.
With a combined 150 years of history, both brands share a 'tradition, passion for design and innovation' says SEAT, as well as history in the world of racing. These two southern European brands, SEAT (Barcelona) and Ducati (Bologna), accompanied by the guardians of the gems on two and four wheels in their respective historical collections, Livio Lodi and Isidre López, took a trip down memory lane.
From the “Popemobile” to Casey Stoner; SEAT and Ducati have two collections that keep their tradition alive. SEAT’s Building A122 houses 263 vehicles, featuring race cars as well as several Vehicles that chronicle the history of Spain; like the 600 that put the country on wheels or the “Popemobile” which was purpose built for the Pontiff’s visit in 1982. The Ducati museum in Bologna contains the brand’s most iconic models, such as the 125 Desmo GP, the first racing motorcycle, and the Desmosedici GP07 with which Casey Stoner won the World Championship in 2007.
In addition to designing and manufacturing utility vehicles and street bikes, both companies have a successful track record in the world of motor racing. Since 1970, SEAT Sport has won two World Touring Car championships (2008 and 2009), more than 25 rally titles and championships, and has organised successful single brand competitions around the world. Furthermore, Ducati has been competing in MotoGP for 14 years, winning 33 races, and 24 seasons in the Superbike World Championship, conquering 17 manufacturers’ world titles, and is present in several other national championships. In 2007, the team won the MotoGP World Championship with Australian racer Casey Stoner.
From Montjuïc to Montecarlo; both companies have vehicles that competed in legendary races. The SEAT 124 Group 4 finished on the podium at the 1977 Montecarlo Rally, and the Ducati 900 won the 24 Hours of Montjuïc in 1980, one of the most gruelling urban track races in motorcycling history.
The MotoGP enters round 2 at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina this weekend.