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Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan - Nurburgring record


There are some fast cars in the world today. Mercedes-Benz , Audi , BMW and Porsche are just a few of them. Yet, Subaru is out to prove that they can keep up with the big names.

Subaru today announced that the Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan has become the fastest WRX STI Ever. It recorded a Nurburgring time of 7’55’’00, the fastest lap time ever in a Subaru.

"The 2011MY WRX STI test car balances excellent stability and handling performance at a high level, thanks to its refined suspensions", explained Tommi Makinen who piloted the car. "The car was really controllable with precise and faithful handling even on tricky corners. I could easily predict a next behavior of the car, that is, I confirmed its evolved total driving control ability. Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical AWD system also greatly contributed to this performance. The outstanding achievement is not only a tribute to Subaru’s continued and earnest efforts, but also an evidence of confidence in driving a Subaru."

The previous best lap that was set in 2004 by a Subaru WRX STI of 7:59.41. The new time set by the new STI with a quicker than any of the aforementioned competition. The car is still a prototype, but the time is still hugely impressive.

The 2011 Subaru WRX STI is powered by a 305-hp turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder Boxer engine and 6-speed manual transmission. It comes with a lowered ride height and new pillow-ball, higher-rate springs for both front and rear suspensions, and spring rates increased by 15.6 percent in front and 53 percent in the rear.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Development of the 2011MY WRX STI focused on improved dynamics and precise handling with every aspect tested under extreme operating conditions including the toughest Nürburgring racetrack. To prove the development concept, “The Fastest WRX STI Ever”, Subaru chose the new 4-door sedan body for 2010 testing. Based on the 2011MY model, some potential future model items were added to this test vehicle, since Subaru positioned this challenge as one of stages in advanced research and development. Subaru evaluated the model’s performance, considering future product planning of the WRX STI.

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan - Nurburgring record

The final challenge took place in April at the Nordschleife course. Subaru believes suspension performance is essential for high speed cornering with confidence. Therefore, the refinement of suspensions and chassis were mainly focused on this challenge as well as the development of 2011MY WRX STI. During testing, the car showed faster cornering speed. As a result, the test vehicle recorded 7’55’’00, the fastest lap time ever recorded in a Subaru, proving its development concept, “The Faster WRX STI Ever”.

Subaru is fully committed to offer enjoyable, reliable and exciting driving with confidence to customers in its vehicle development philosophy. The aim of using the Nürburgring for Subaru is not to mark the fastest lap time but to develop vehicles that customers can drive faster yet safely with confidence even under extreme road conditions as typified by the Nürburgring. Further refined suspensions and new sedan body of the 2011MY WRX STI contributed much to this result, and this learning was accurately fed back to the production models.

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan - Nurburgring record

Ideal driving on the Nürburgring racetrack is beyond measure by figures. It relies on experience and inspiration by the driver, too. “The 2011MY WRX STI test car balances excellent stability and handling performance at a high level, thanks to its refined suspensions”, explained Tommi Makinen. The legendary four-time World Rally Champion piloted the car. He has also been a longtime supporter of Subaru since he took the first driver’s seat of Subaru World Rally Team in 2002. “The car was really controllable with precise and faithful handling even on tricky corners. I could easily predict a next behavior of the car, that is, I confirmed its evolved total driving control ability. Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical AWD system also greatly contributed to this performance. The outstanding achievement is not only a tribute to Subaru’s continued and earnest efforts, but also an evidence of confidence in driving a Subaru”.

For Subaru, the Nürburgring has been a place for self-discipline in its vehicle development. Subaru believes “Persistency is Power” and will continue to use the track to further pursue the development of vehicles which provides emotion, excitement and confidence to customers.



2 comments:

impressive performance by the Impreza, so what would be the answer of it’s greatest rival EVO?

Now I understand why people don’t like the STI with the ginormous spoiler. Who would thought of the comfortable driving around town with that thing on the back.

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