PH FLEET UPDATE: SEAT LEON CUPRA R
It's a case of weeping washers and whooshing woofers for RacingPete
As I stood on a chilly garage forecourt refilling the washer fluid, casually considering my next B-road attack, a pool of water gathered around my feet and, as I looked under the car, I saw a torrent of water pouring from underneath. Time to phone the local SEAT dealer.
A full valet inside out and a statement of work with a big fat zero cost on the bottom gets the thumbs up from me for SEAT after-sales care. I'm hoping I don't have to visit the dealers too quickly again with the car, but I know it will be a pleasant experience if I do.
my last long-term piece, I have also been doing further research on the controversial engine cockpit noise amplifier that caused a bit of a stir last time. From the deepest corridors of power at SEAT, I have unearthed a diagram (see right) of how the speakers are mounted in the car.
The blurb from the marketing guy explains: "The structure-borne sound system fitted to Leon and Ibiza Cupras (including Bocanegra) is essentially a sub-woofer bolted and bonded to the inside of the scuttle under the windscreen. It is activated by a control unit, which constantly looks at engine load, throttle position and vehicle speed to increase or decrease the 'noise and vibration' through the body, depending on the driver 'request'.
"This system does not play engine noise, etc, but rather gives the actual engine noise a depth and tone that cannot be achieved mechanically without affecting vehicle emissions and noise constraints.
On a recent load-carrying trip to the tip, I had to have the rear seats down and the parcel shelf off. Slightly addicted to the 2.0-litre turbo's apparently exponential acceleration, I left the foot in for a little while longer than strictly necessary, and a gorgeous whoosh took me by surprise. Repeating the exercise, the same gorgeous noise from the back of the car filled the cabin.
It will be fascinating to hear what our competition winners think when they take the car to Geneva next week. Should be a fun trip, that!