PWR Racing and SEAT Sweden have revealed the new Leon STCC race car.

Although it is April Fools’ Day, the SEAT Leon STCC is as serious as a race car gets. It represents a joint effort between PWR Racing and SEAT Sweden and will take part in this year’s season of the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship season. It has very little in common with the regular Leon as the STCC version has made the switch to a rear-wheel drive layout and uses a six-speed sequential gearbox.

While the road-going Leon is powered only by four-cylinder engines, the STCC model uses a larger 3.5-liter V6 delivering 420 horsepower (309 kilowatts). It benefits from a mechanical limited-slip differential and will ride on 18-inch wheels wrapped in 260/660/18 front and 280/660/18 rear Michelin tires.

In terms of design, it looks vastly different compared to the regular three-door Leon and adopts a longer and wider body featuring a massive rear wing. Bigger front, side, and rear vents improve cooling, while the stopping power comes from 370-mm front & 360-mm rear discs with four-piston calipers.

PWR Racing will soon reveal the driver lineup before the car’s track debut later this month during the pre-season tests. The team has signed a four-year contract with SEAT Sweden starting with the 2016 season after it raced two SAABs last year for team co-owner Daniel Haglöf and Emma Kimiläinen. Details about this year’s numbers of cars and info about the drivers are not available at this point. However, rumor has it Haglöf, Kimiläinen and former BMW driver Fredrik Larsson could race the Leon STCC.

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Gallery: 2016 SEAT Leon STCC