The Seat Leon SC Cross Sport may not be making production, but the design studio’s chief engineer, Angel Lahoz, says the car could feasibly be on the roads tomorrow.

Driving the almost production-ready concept car around the Castelloli race track near Barcelona affirms Lahoz’s claim, with the usual clunky and unfinished feel of a concept largely absent.

But there are a few differences from what a production version would offer. While carry-over parts include the brakes and DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine doesn’t quite produce the 286bhp that it does in the production Leon Cupra, and even with a 40mph speed limit, it does still seem to lack the full Cupra punch when accelerating.

The steering, says Lahoz, is only in prototype form and would need some work, while the Ultra Orange colour scheme features pigments that wouldn’t be able to hack everyday UV rays.