Posted Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 10:17pm
Subaru’s Impreza WRX was born from rally, and the brand owes a large chunk of its motorsport history to one man – Noriyuki Koseki. He’s one of a few key people who helped create Subaru Technica International (STI) – the brand’s motorsport division. Even before he helped develop world-beating road and race Subarus, he was racing them on his own time and money.
In the late 1960s, Koseki founded a local motorsport club in his native country of Japan, where he is noted for racing a Subaru 360 – a tiny, rear-engine hatchback. The team finished an impressive ninth place at a 24-hour endurance race held at Fuji Speedway, garnering the attention of head office.