The Subaru WRX STI will make its first public appearance next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , so we still have to wait a few more days before we finally get to see it in person. Though we still haven’t seen the STI in person, Subaru has already released details on the racing version that Subaru will use in the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race set to take place from 19th to 22nd of June.
With the new WRX STI race car, Subaru will participation in the 24-hour race for the seventh consecutive time and hopes to obtain its third victory in the SP3T class. This year the race car is based on the new-generation WRX STI and features a more aggressive body kit, with a larger rear wing for improved downforce.
Just like in the previous years, Hideharu Tatsumi will be the team manager, while Toshihiro Yoshida and Kouta Sasaki will be listed as drivers along with two European drivers.
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The production version WRX STI will be displayed next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, just a few months after the WRX was unveiled in L.A.
The first details of the car suggest it can be powered by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers about 300 horsepower — a 32-horsepower increase over the base WRX.
Also, the first images reveal that the car will be offered in the usual World Rally Blue exterior hue with golden alloy wheels.
Gallery Subaru WRX STI
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) - the maker of Subaru automobiles and Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI)*1 unveiled the new racing car developed from the all-new WRX STI for 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race in 2014 and announced an outline of SUBARU Motorsport activities for 2014 at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 with NAPAC (Japan Car Parts and Aftermarket Promotion Association).
Nürburgring 24-Hour Race
STI will participate in the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race (from 19 to 22 June in Germany) for seven consecutive years, with a vehicle whose performance has been enhanced from its base car – the all-new Subaru WRX STI to be revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
With the new driving machine’s participation in this race, FHI and STI enhanced mutual cooperation to develop a racing car which boasts a higher level of competitiveness by utilizing the technologies of Subaru’s mass-produced models. STI will aim at its third victory in the SP3T class this year following the 24-hour race in 2012. Through the participation in the race that demands speed and stability, Subaru will further enhance its engineering excellence.
Like last year, Hideharu Tatsumi will take the helm of team operations as team manager, in addition to the development of the car. As for team drivers, Toshihiro Yoshida and Kouta Sasaki both from Japan will be listed, adding two more drivers from Europe.
SUPER GT Series
In the last season, "SUBARU BRZ GT300" race car snatched pole position five times in eight races and achieved a class win. With the upgraded 2014 version of this model, STI will aim at a series win this year.
As in previous years, the team will be operated in conjunction with "R&D SPORT" led by Director Shinji Motojima, and Kouta Sasaki and newly joined Takuto Iguchi will be driving for the team.
International Rally Series Organized by FIA
At the same level as previous years, SUBARU will continue to support private drivers who will participate in the FIA World Rally Championship 2 (WRC2) and European Rally Championship (ERC).