• The 862-Horsepower Subaru WRX STI From Gymkhana Was a Masterpiece of Modern Engineering

These videos are the perfect Gymkhana documentaries

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We can safely say that each and every Gymkhana car used so far in the installment was downright bonkers. No exception. However, as Ken Block traded places with Travis Pastrana for Gymkhana 2020, Subaru responded by dialing up the WRX STI to eleven… thousand.

The 862-Horsepower Subaru WRX STI From Gymkhana Was a Masterpiece of Modern Engineering
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In developing and building the car, Subaru Motorsports USA joined forces with Vermont Sportscar. The result is a rad ride that has its exhaust coming out of the hood, featuring a shorter wheelbase and a wider track than the stock car.

Add active aerodynamics on the menu as well, especially of the downforce-inducing variety, because the driver needs the utmost control during those powerslides through tight spaces.

The 862-Horsepower Subaru WRX STI From Gymkhana Was a Masterpiece of Modern Engineering
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And let’s not forget about the center piece, a 2.3-liter boxer engine that used to displace two liters. Attached to it is a big ass turbocharger that unlocks no less than 862 horsepower. And as straightforward and easy it might sound, developing such a car wasn’t a walk in the park. The fact that Subaru had to ask for help tells just a chapter of the story. Every stunt had to be rehearsed and discussed as it needed the car to be set up in a certain way.

With that in mind, don’t be surprised that Subaru had to drop two comprehensive 30-minute videos that look at what was like to develop the latest Gymkhana monster.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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