Posted Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 9:24pm
In an era where automotive electrification is rapidly reshaping the industry landscape, Subaru is poised to reinvigorate the genre of rally sport with an electrified version of its iconic WRX STI. Striving to blend high-octane performance with eco-conscious ideals, Subaru’s upcoming electrified sporty sedan is set to carry the esteemed WRX STI legacy into an environmentally-conscious future.The absence of the STI badge from Subaru’s recent lineup was accompanied by whispers of change, triggered by the brand’s move to trademark the name “STe” in Germany. Speculation promptly ignited, suggesting that Subaru’s storied performance moniker might embrace electrification – whether in hybrid or full battery electric form – for its next performance pinnacle.
Posted Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 9:56pm
Subaru on Wednesday revealed the factory rally car based on the new WRX that will likely dominate stage rally competition in America for the foreseeable future.
Built by factory Subaru partner Vermont SportsCar, the new WRX rally car is based on the very first current-gen WRX road car sold in America, and uses a 2.0-liter boxer-four that makes 320 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque on 22 psi of boost thanks to a 33-millimeter air inlet restrictor. Power goes to all four wheels thanks to a Sadev six-speed sequential. The springs and dampers are from R53, while the rest of the suspension is custom from Vermont SportsCar.
Subaru says much of the development gone into this new WRX focuses on safety. There’s a steel FIA-spec roll cage welded into the body, an 82-liter Kevlar fuel cell, and Sparco ADV Prime seats with self-extinguishing fabric liner.
Posted Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 10:38pm
One of the oldest sayings in motorsport – and vehicles sales – is “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday.” Another spin on this bon mot is “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.” For many carmakers (and motorcycle makers and snowmobile makers and boat makers and you get the idea) it’s enough to be out in the mix and competing, but to actually be out there and winning is all that… Read More →
Posted Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 10:05pm
Starting later in 2023, Subaru BRZ buyers in Japan won’t need to give up the manual transmission to order the EyeSight suite of electronic driving aids (or vice versa). The company developed a version of its well-regarded technology that’s compatible with three-pedal cars for its home market. The new version of EyeSight is based on the technology that’s already offered on the automatic BRZ. It bundles several driving aids such… Read More →
Posted Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:44am
For nearly two decades, Headwaters was a mainstay in the rally world. It’s operated by the same group that organizes the Ojibwe Forest Rally each year, and the event is a staple for the Minnesota rally community. Over the past few years, weather and Covid-19 have played havoc on the continuity of the event. Wet springs or snow canceled Headwaters in 2022 and 2018. Then, the pandemic sidelined the event… Read More →
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