Type RA NBR Special race around the Nordschleife in less than seven seconds!

Subaru has just set a new record on the Nurburgring using a special version of the WRX STi. While the Japanese firm didn’t break the all-time record, now held by the NextEV Nio EP9 electric supercar, it did set a new benchmark for four-door sedans. Specifically, the Prodrive-built WRX STi Type RA NBR Special completed the Nordschleife course in 6:57.5 minutes, smashing the previous record, set in 2017 by the Porsche Panamera Turbo, by almost 41 seconds. The beefed-up WRX STi was driven by Richie Stanaway, known for his 24 Hours of Le Mans stints with Aston Martin, and the benchmark was verified by Nurburgring officials.

While not a production model, the Type RA NBR Special is based on the stock sedan. The extra performance comes through weight reduction and suspension and engine upgrades, the latter in the form of a WRC-spec 2.0-liter boxer unit. The sedan also received a full roll cage for added strength and stiffness. Engine output is rated at "more than 600 horsepower," and Subaru claims that the car reached a top speed of 179 mph at the ’Ring. The company also offers a limited-edition WRX STi Type RA model, but the production car uses a stock engine, with upgrades including a carbon-fiber roof, spare tire delete, carbon-fiber wing, and lightweight, 19-inch BBS rims wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sports tires. So technically speaking, the Type RA NBR Special doesn’t qualify as a production car record.

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Why it Matters?

While it may not qualify for a production car record, what Subaru did with the Type RA NBR Special is truly impressive. To be more than 40 seconds quicker than the Panamera Turbo is nothing to sneeze at and will prompt other automakers to bring even more extreme sedans to the ’Ring. What’s more, this isn’t the first time that the Type RA NBR Special set an impressive record. The same car, but with different aerodynamic packages, also set lap records at the Isle of Man TT and the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb. Definitely, a four-door to be reckoned with! Too bad it’s not road legal, and you can’t buy it in this specification.

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Press release

Subaru of America, Inc. released a new video of the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special with driver Richie Stanaway setting a new lap record for a four-door sedan at the famous 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife race track, achieving a time of 6:57.5. The time was recorded using the Nürburgring timing equipment and was verified by track officials.

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The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special was designed to showcase the capabilities of the Subaru WRX STI’s standard all-wheel drive system and draw attention to the upcoming release of the production WRX STI Type RA. This time attack car has set lap records at the Isle of Man TT, the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb (where it was also 3rd fastest overall) and now it has conquered the 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. Achieving a time of six minutes and 57.5 seconds.

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The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special is a Prodrive-built time attack car based on a stock 2017 WRX STI with a full roll cage welded into the standard WRX STI unibody for added strength and stiffness. It has a modified 2.0-liter Subaru WRC-spec boxer motor and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It uses a 75-mm intake, and the turbo runs at 25 psi of boost. This produces more than 600 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and the NBR Special reached a top speed of 179 mph at 8,500 rpm in top gear at the “Ring. The car also features 9-inch-wide slick tires all around. It uses a WRC gearbox with an automatic clutch, modified with hydraulics for paddle-shift operation. Shift times are some of the fastest at 20 to 25 milliseconds. A redesigned aero-package, different than last year’s TT car set up, delivers improved handling and top speed on the NBR Special. At top speed the whole package produces about 650 pounds of downforce. The design includes a Drag Reduction System rear wing, similar to the technology found in Formula 1 cars. With its combined electric and hydraulic operation, the wing can deploy for full downforce/drag under braking or in fast turns and then open for less downforce/drag on long straights. The driver has full control of the DRS via a steering wheel mounted control taking less than 20 milliseconds to change position fully.

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WRX STI Type RA
The 2018 WRX STI Type RA delivers increased performance through weight reduction, suspension and engine upgrades. The new, numbered limited edition model comes standard with a carbon fiber roof panel, the removal of the spare tire, a carbon fiber pedestal wing and lightweight BBS® 19-in. forged alloy wheels shod with 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires.

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