Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special Is Now The Fastest Four-Door Sedan Around The Nürburgring
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When Subaru revealed the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special back in June 2017, it brought a lot of attention back to the Japanese automaker’s resident performance crown jewel, the WRX STI. Not that it needed to because we all know what the WRX STI is capable of. Still, the Type RA NBR Special isn’t a standard race car even in the traditional sense. It’s capable of a lot more and it proved as much when it lapped the Nordschleife track at the Nürburgring in a staggering 6:57.5 minutes.
Not only did the 600-horsepower sedan racer go under the seven-minute barrier, it did so quite handily, turning in a time that easily eclipsed the previous lap time record held by the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, which posted a lap time of 7:32 in the same course last year. For comparison’s sake, the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special’s pace is almost equivalent to the lap time posted by the Porsche 918 Spyder. The record-breaking lap time will probably not stick in the record books for the simple reason that the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special isn’t a production model the way the Giulia Quadrifoglio is, but let it be said that when talking about the fastest four-door sedan to ever lap the 12.9-mile Nordschleife track at the Green Hell, the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special just made the Giulia Quarifoglio look like a tortoise.
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Whether it holds or not, it’s still an incredible achievement
Subaru actually went to the Nürburgring earlier this year with the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special, hoping to set the lap time record for a four-door sedan.
For those who don’t remember, Subaru actually went to the Nürburgring earlier this year with the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special, hoping to set the lap time record for a four-door sedan. Instead, it was greeted with a torrential downpour that left the race car unable to even post a sub-eight-minute lap time. But with the summer season in full swing and Mother Nature fully cooperating, the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special finally got a clear track to work with, and it didn’t disappoint.
According to Subaru, the 6:57.5-lap time was set using the track’s own equipment and was verified by track officials. There’s even a video of the lap time that the Japanese automaker plans to release at some point in the near future.
The achievement is spectacular for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the car was able to break the record despite only having a little more than 600 horsepower on tap.
In any event, the achievement is spectacular for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the car was able to break the record despite only having a little more than 600 horsepower on tap. It did have a number of components that helped shave off some weight off the car – a carbon fiber roof and rear wing chief among them – but nevertheless, it’s still an incredible accomplishment that should help set the stage for the production-version WRX STI Type RA that Subaru plans to release later in the year.
In fact, Subaru’s product communications manager Dominick Infante alluded to the Type RA NBR Special’s record-setting lap time as a way to hype up the arrival of the WRX STI Type RA. “We brought the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special here to set a record and call attention to the WRX STI Type RA that we will launch later this year,” he said. “The WRX STI Type RA promises a great deal, with improved performance and styling and even better handling dynamics than the current car."
Seems like a good way to get people to start talking about the production version, one that just so happens to have 310 horsepower at its disposal. It’s not much relative to the race-spec version, but it’s still good enough to get people to want one, especially now that people have an idea what it could be capable of achieving under the right conditions.
Read our full review on the Subaru WRX STI Type RA.