Everyone knows that driving on snow can be challenging even for driver with lots of experience. But today at SEMA Subaru came with the perfect solution: the WRX STI TRAX - the fastest vehicle specially designed for snow driving.

The WRX TRAX is powered by a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled STI engine tuned with a MOTEC M800 ECU that delivers a total of 400 hp and 400 lbs-ft of torque.

The TRAX Concept also features: RECARO SPA ProRacer competition sport seats, carbon fiber door panels, and an onboard fire suppression system, a Yakima FatCat 4 Snowboard Rack, a Yakima Landing Pad rack base, and DC Shoes XFB-C Snowboards.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The Subaru WRX STI, when equipped with proper tires, is capable of impressive all-weather performance. But when even snow tires are not enough, Subaru offers a solution - a 400-hp WRX STI equipped with a snow tracks system, as showcased at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 3-6.

Starting with a rally-prepared 2009 WRX STI, Subaru Rally Team USA’s technical partner, Vermont SportsCar, built the one-off 400-hp TRAX STI envisioned by, and built for, DC Shoes co-founder and SRT USA driver Ken Block. The WRX STI TRAX is ready for the half-pipe, with a Yakima FatCat 4 Snowboard Rack up top, a Yakima Landing Pad rack base and DC Shoes XFB-C Snowboards. Naturally, there is a custom matching sleigh to go with it.

With the exception of the Mattracks rubber track system, the car is rally-prepared and similar in specification Block’s #43 SRT USA competition STI. Starting with a stock 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Vermont SportsCar stripped the car’s interior bare, lightened the shell and then fully seam-welded it for added strength, also installing a multipoint roll cage manufactured from T45 steel. Major differences from the stock STI include the addition of lightweight carbon/Kevlar RECARO SPA ProRacer competition seats with the Head and Neck Restraint System (HANS), carbon fiber door panels and an onboard fire suppression system.

Under the hood, the ultimate Subaru snow machine sports a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled STI engine tuned with a MOTEC M800 ECU. The engine, which kicks out approximately 400 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, is teamed with a KAPS 5-speed close-ratio dog-engagement gearbox and the Subaru programmable DCCD (Driver Controlled Center Differential) all-wheel drive system. Employing custom machined hubs, the drivetrain - which has been dropped three inches - is mated to Mattracks 105M1-A1 rubber track conversion. The car also features Group N competition rally dampers made by EXE-TC.

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11 comments:

  (777) posted on 02.1.2012

2009 Subaru WRX STI TRAX is best for the drivers driving in the snow. The tire were amazing and it is impressive that it gives all-weather performance. When I first saw this, it looks like a military tank.

  (340) posted on 03.12.2011

This is specially made during winter; Am thankful that manufacturers also consider the weather condition to produce different units. This is one is very helpful but am amazed with its design, it’s very sporty.

  (1211) posted on 11.7.2010

Seriously, the guy’s becoming an underground pop culture superhero. If he can compete in World Rally, a "DC" comic deal will be in order. Oh, the irony...

  (808) posted on 07.16.2010

Subaru is the fastest vehicle during snow. Does it perform the same during regular season?But I don’t have any question in the performance of
the engine it’s really amazing.

  (555) posted on 02.9.2010

Interesting. I wonder what’s the maximum angle it can reach when turning. Wont those thingy damage the car or something? Would it go as fast as when it will be driven on a rally tire than with this things?

  (798) posted on 01.31.2010

I wonder if block has already tried drifting trax.. well i guess he’s going to have a hard time making this baby skid and drift..

  (555) posted on 01.22.2010

Trax sounds great! I’d love to test drive a car like this…snow plus this car is perfect! A snow car with features of an Impreza and more is just awesome!

  (570) posted on 01.12.2010

Trax sounds great! I’d love to test drive a car like this…snow plus this car is perfect! A snow car with features of an Impreza and more is just awesome!

  (515) posted on 01.6.2010

This car needs more power coz’ if you will use it on a ski resort, it will be much helpful if it’s more powerful than 400 HP. But I think the concept was great yet so weird coz’ I never expect that a WRX STI will have a "Crane Wheel".

BMWM6  (488) posted on 11.3.2009

damn I was planning on doing that on my chevy avalanche

Naterade22  (238) posted on 11.3.2009

That is pretty crazy. I could have some serious fun with that.

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