SEAT Ibiza Marathon in the World Rally Championship

SEAT Ibiza Marathon

Manufacturer: SEAT
Category: Group B

The SEAT Ibiza Marathon was part of SEAT’s ambitious plan to establish a strong presence in international rallying.

The Martorell Technical Centre was the chosen location and the Ibiza MK1 was initially the model of choice.

It had a tubular chassis and carbon Keblar bodywork, all-wheel drive and was powered by the five-cylinder Turbo engine from the Audi Coupé Quattro Raid with which Serviá won the National Championship in 1990 and 1991. Its image was spectacular, typical of the extinct Group B or the uninitiated Group S cars.

With the idea of promoting the first generation of the Toledo, it was decided to abandon the SEAT Ibiza Marathon for the saloon. This is how the Toledo Marathon was born, the beast with a centrally positioned 2.1 five-cylinder engine, 330 hp at 5,500 rpm, all-wheel drive, deformable parallelogram suspension with Öhlins double gas shock absorbers, self-locking centre differential and 6-speed manual transmission with which Erwin Weber came second in the 1994 Baja Portugal and third in the Baja Aragón and with which Serviá won the Rallye Raid of Greece that same year. Translated with (free version)