Subaru’s automobile, a WRX STI Sort RA NBR Particular, was customized constructed on a inventory 2017 WRX STI.
TOKYO — Subaru avenged its flameout at this yr’s 24-hour Nurburgring endurance race by conquering the notoriously demanding monitor with a report lap time.
A particular version WRX STI racer notched the quickest lap of the 12.Eight-mile Nordschleife on July 21, finishing the winding, up-and-down circuit in 6 minutes, 57.5 seconds.
It was a report time for a four-door sedan, the Japanese automaker mentioned.
Subaru’s automobile, a WRX STI Sort RA NBR Particular, was customized constructed on a inventory 2017 WRX STI with a roll cage welded into the usual unibody for added energy and stiffness, Subaru mentioned.
Topping out at 179 mph, the racer has a turbocharged 2.Zero-liter boxer engine producing greater than 600 hp. It’s mated to Subaru’s trademark symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.
Within the convoluted jumble of letters that’s the racing automobile’s identify, the RA stands for Document Try. It is a designator utilized to numerous Subaru efficiency fashions through the years.
Subaru pushes the bounds in motorsports and in report makes an attempt at locations reminiscent of Nurburgring partly to advertise a model picture that balances efficiency with security. It additionally sees such competitions as crucibles to check its applied sciences and engineers beneath excessive situations.
The lap report try was additionally meant to publicize the WRX STI Sort RA, a particular variant of the compact efficiency sedan that Subaru will start promoting within the U.S. this yr. The 2018 WRX STI Sort RA, a toned-down, limited-edition, street-legal cousin of the Nurburgring racer, delivers greater horsepower and sportier dynamics than the usual WRX STI.
Subaru’s lap triumph at Nurburgring comes on the heels of a disappointing loss on the circuit’s famed 24-hour endurance race in Might. The race group’s WRX STI was gunning for its third-straight class win, however its run ended when a fireplace knocked out Subaru’s entry with three hours to go.
Subaru has notched 5 class wins at Nurburgring because it started racing there in 2008.