Even though Subaru left the WRC at the end of 2008, the six-star brand is definitely staying busy when it comes to the slidey stuff. In fact, you can find Subarus competing in local and national rally competitions the world over, including a very strong presence here in the U.S.

Just take a look at the Red Bull Global Rallycross and X Games Rallycross. Successful iterations of Subaru’s legendary WRX rally fighter have been running in these series since their inceptions, and so far, show no sign of drawing down.

As such, Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) is unveiling its new 2015 WRX STI rallycross car, set to make its world debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Dubbed the VT15x, this AWD monster was built for competition in both the GRC and X Games, and is the culmination of years of secret development.

Built by technical partner Vermont SportsCar, the VT15x is the third version of an STI-based competitor for Subaru in four years. “We made huge strides in durability and competitiveness last season,” stated Vermont SportsCar Team Principal Lance Smith. “The VT15x is almost entirely new technology. This car is a revolution, not just an evolution."

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross Car.

  • 2015 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross Car
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    2015
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    2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

2015 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross Car
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Pro skateboarder turned race car driver Bucky Lasek will pilot the VT15x, so it’s his livery you see proudly layered across the beefed-up bodywork. A rallycross-spec widebody kit helps engulf the orange Method race wheels, while the addition of a roof scoop, aggressive carbon-fiber aero and competition side mirrors keep it battle-ready. Fender rubbing is expected in this sport, so each panel is sure to be both strong and easily replaceable. 

However, beyond the broader stance and stickers, I’d argue the lines closely resemble something you’d see in a dealership window. The basic form remains the same, which should make it easy for fans to hoot and holler when Lasek dices it up with opponents.

Interior

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While pics of the interior have yet to make it online, there are a few basic assumptions I can make. Bare metal and composite materials are sure to compose the majority of the cabin space, with a fixed-back Recaro bucket seat mounted low and a racing harness installed. An intricate structure of beautifully welded steel bars make up the rollcage, crisscrossing throughout for both safety and rigidity, while digital readouts keep tabs on vitals.

Drivetrain

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The powerplant under the hood scoop is Subaru’s iconic 2.0-liter flat-four, turbocharged to provide 580 horsepower through a sequential six-speed transmission from Sadev. When that much power hits the all-wheel-drive system, this rip snortin’ racer will hit 60 mph in just two seconds flat.

SRT USA says updates over last year’s car are widespread, with attention paid to the optimization of weight balance, center-of-gravity, suspension geometry and aero, all in the name of better handling. The wheel travel is long to provide a marshmallow cushion when regularly catching air. Additionally, the engine power was increased and the throttle response was sharpened, leading to higher speed and greater launching capability.

“The foundation of every great race car is the chassis you start with. Using the 2015 WRX STI, we have seen gains in handling and cornering in both our stage rally and rallycross cars; which is a testament to advancements in design from the factory” Smith said.

Competition

Ford Fiesta ST Olsbergs MSE

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In 2013, this supermini took victory in nine of the 10 scheduled races, with 22 of the 30 available podiums occupied by Ford drivers. Last year, it took an additional three overall race victories and 18 podiums.

Clearly, the blue oval has a winning formula when it comes to American rallycross, and odds are, this will continue to be the team to beat. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter Duratec-HE four-banger brimming with go-faster pieces to produce 560 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 620 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Like the Subie, 0-to-60 takes only two seconds, and curb weight is a scant 2,866 pounds.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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Even without a car competing in the WRC, Subaru’s tuning division, Subaru Tecnica International (STI), is looking to share its experience in the creation of top-shelf racers: “STI is increasing their support of our U.S. based efforts in rallycross. Their expertise and development resources will take our program to an even more competitive level,” said Rob Weir, Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager.

SRT USA experienced a continual rise in performance throughout the 2014 season, with five Red Bull GRC podiums, a silver medal at the X Games, and an overall victory from Sverre Isachsen at GRC Seattle.

For 2015, Lasek and Isachsen will lead Subaru’s factory race effort, with Travis Pastrana joining them for competition at the X Games and select rounds yet to be announced. “Confidence is high within the Subaru camp that we have a winning package of driver talent driving faster cars for this season,” said Weir. “Our goal in 2014 was getting to the front row of every final and being on the podium. This year, our only goal is winning.”

However, that’s easier said than done. Ford has been absolutely dominant in the GRC so far, taking three consecutive driver’s championships and manufacturer’s championships since the inaugural 2011 season. Will 2015 prove to be Subaru’s breakout year?

The first round of the GRC is May 31 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. followed by the X Games June 5 in Austin, TX.

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Press Release

After a year of secret development, the cover comes off Subaru Rally Team USA’s new 2015 WRX STI rallycross car at the 2015 New York Auto Show, set to compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross and X Games Rallycross.

2015 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross Car
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Dubbed VT15x, this is the third evolution of an STI-based Rallycross car for Subaru in four years built by technical partner Vermont SportsCar. “We made huge strides in durability and competitiveness last season,” stated Vermont SportsCar Team Principal Lance Smith. “The VT15x is almost entirely-new technology. This car is a revolution, not just an evolution.”

Debuting in Bucky Lasek’s new livery, the VT15x features a 580 Horsepower 2.0L Subaru Boxer engine, a 6-speed SADEV® sequential gearbox and all-wheel drive. Other features include a rallycross-spec widebody, and METHOD® Race Wheels. The VT15x is capable of 0-60 in just two seconds. The new car will meet GRC and FIA Rallycross homologation standards.

Updates and revisions to the VT15x are widespread compared to the VT14x version ran by Subaru Rally Team USA last year. Optimizing weight balance, center-of-gravity, suspension geometry, and aerodynamics were key focuses to improve handling; while increased engine power and response led to gains in overall speed and launching capability at the start. “The foundation of every great race car is the chassis you start with. Using the 2015 WRX STI, we have seen gains in handling and cornering in both our stage rally and rallycross cars; which is a testament to advancements in design from the factory” stated Smith.

Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the performance company for the brand, has stepped up their technical support of rallycross development with Vermont SportsCar; bringing their WRC and circuit racing expertise to the Subaru rallycross program. “STI is increasing their support of our U.S. based efforts in rallycross. Their expertise and development resources will take our program to an even more competitive level,” stated Rob Weir, Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager.

2015 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross Car Wallpaper quality
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Subaru Rally Team USA showed a steady rise in performance last season, claiming five Red Bull GRC podiums including a Silver Medal at X Games, and victory for Sverre Isachsen at the GRC Seattle round. Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen will again lead the factory race effort with Travis Pastrana joining them at X Games, and select rounds to be announced soon. “Confidence is high within the Subaru camp that we have a winning package of driver talent driving faster cars for this season,” said Weir. “Our goal in 2014 was getting to the front row of every final and being on the podium. This year, our only goal is winning.”

Subaru Rally Team USA will begin their 2015 rallycross season at the first Red Bull Global Rallycross round May 31 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Immediately followed by X Games June 5 in Austin, TX. For more details visit subaru.com/rally.

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