2020 Subaru Gymkhana STI
Travis Pastrana will be taking the reins from Ken Block in Gymkhana 11, Subaru sniffed out the opportunity and that’s how the one-off, bare-carbon Gymkhana STI was born.
Subaru and Gymkhana are no strangers to each other, as the first two instalments saw Ken Block smoke the living rubber out of a WRX STI. After a long collabo with Ford, the Gymkhana franchise is back to its roots and we absolutely love what we’re seeing.
Two Legends Come Together as Chris Harris Gets Behind the Wheel Of Colin McRae’s WRC Subaru Impreza
Subaru Brings Back Legendary Blue-and-Gold Livery but You Won’t See It in WRC
The last time Subaru shone brightly in the World Rally Championship, a scarcely-believable 16 years ago to be precise, Petter Solberg drove a blob-eye Impreza covered in blue and the golden logo of the company to take the world championship home to Norway. Now, those colors are back, but only to Rally America and various Rallycross events that Subaru competes in.
It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally happening: Subaru of America announced that the works racing outfit, Subaru Motorsports will compete in 2019 proudly displaying the classic Subaru World Rally Team colors. The design has been tweaked to keep up with the changes that occurred to the Subaru badge itself but, otherwise, it’s the same livery that was rocked by the GC and GD Imprezas of old.
Ex-McRae Impreza stars in Girardo & Co’s Christmas Video
We’ve already seen a number of videos this holiday season where companies show off their most outrageous Christmas tree carriers. GIrardo & Co., a company that specializes in the sale of rare vintage and modern machinery, tried their hand at this kind of video too. Their vehicle of choice? A 1997 WRC-spec Subaru Impreza formerly driven by the late Colin McRae.
Colin McRae was the only driver part of the Subaru World Rally Team that drove in each of the 14 rounds of the 1997 season. He won five rallies that year, including all of the last three, but ultimately fell short of winning the title, gathering 62 points to Tommi Makinen’s tally of... 63 points. The Impreza you see here is the car he piloted in the grueling Safari Rally which he and Nicky Grist won ahead of Richard Burns and six-time Kenyan Rally Championship winner Ian Duncan.
Subaru Might Be Planning a Return to WRC With New Hot Hatch
Subaru is one of the most revered names in rallying history and, along with archrival Mitsubishi, has been absent from top-level WRC competition for a decade. Now, however, Japanese sources point to a possible resurgence of the Subaru WRC program.
Subaru built its reputation in rallying over a relatively short period of time. the Subaru World Rally Team was formed in 1989 and was active for less than two decades from that point on. But, in those two decades, Subaru put forth some of the most amazing machines ever seen on the WRC scene and promoted some of the sport’s most beloved drivers with names like Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg immediately springing to mind.
Sadly, Subaru isn’t part of the WRC anymore, although a no-limit rally car based on the Impreza has been seen competing to this day, however, it’s mainly racing in Asia and the Rally U.S.A. series, not in Europe. This is all about to change if rumors regarding a return of the Subaru World Rally Team in 2020 turn out to be legitimate.
Subaru WRX STI Type RA Time Attack Special Drops the Hammer at The Transfăgărășan Pass
The Subaru WRX STI Type RA Time Attackcar has been shredding records left and right since it burst into the scene and lit the Nurburgring up on its way to becoming the fastest four-door sedan to ever lap the Green Hell. Now, the one-off creation is at it again with a new record in its cap after laying the smack down on Romania’s iconic and super dangerous Transfăgărășan Pass. Three-time British Rally Champion Mark Higgins and co-driver Darren Garrod piloted the WRX STI Type RA Time Attack to its latest record-setting feat, completing the Pass in 40 minutes and 58.8 seconds.
Travis Pastrana Goes Full Throttle at Wild New NRX Track
Travis Pastrana didn’t mince his words describing the NRX track, calling it a “hell track for cars.” Pastrana knows a thing or two about hell track for racers. He’s competed — and won — in supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing. But even with his accomplishments, Pastrana still paid reverence to the track that will be used in the Nitro World Games by taking us on a flying lap around the circuit.
Watch a Race-Prepped Subaru Legacy Attack a Hill Climb: Video
While the Subaru WRX gets plenty (and I do mean plenty) of love in the performance world, it’s not the only Six Star out there to offer a heady dose of thrills behind the wheel. Take the Legacy RS, a turbocharged AWD slingshot which, properly prepared, can still bring the heat in a major way, as evidenced by this 3-minute, 35-second hill climb video.
The vid includes both exterior shots and interior shots of the Legacy’s run, and provides plenty of pops and bangs through the audio to get your blood flowing.
According to HillClimb Monsters, the channel that posted the video, the Legacy belongs to Damien Bradley from Team Legacy U.K., and comes fresh from the world of time attack competition. Specs include a six-speed sequential race transmission (man, that thing is loud in the interior shots), race-spec six-pot brakes from Alcon, and Nitron suspension bits. Apparently, its also got 700 horsepower thanks to a fully built boxer engine and GT35R turbo, although we think the tune might a bit lower, at least on this particular run.
Either way, seeing this thing scorch its way up the hill is a delight all the same.
Watch Subaru’s Epic Mt. Washington Record Run: Video
Hill climbs almost never fail to bring the good stuff. Taking place outside the relatively safe confines of a race track and drawing a variety of makes and models to compete, these sorts of events are ripe for drama and history making. And that’s exactly what happened when Subaru Rally Team USA went to tackle Mt. Washington over the summer. With breathtaking drops, highly technical corners, and both tarmac and dirt, the Mt. Washington hill climb is a 7.5-mile, 4,600-foot monster that’s not to be trifled with.
Luckily, Subaru brought a pair of aces when it came to its driver roster, including motocross champion-turned rallyist Travis Pastrana, and Isle of Man expert David Higgins. Then there are the cars, which arrived rocking the same engine as the battle machines from the Global Rallycross series, boosted to an incredible 800 horsepower. “This is the fastest Subaru I’ve ever driven, up the craziest mountain I’ve ever driven,” says Pastrana. It’s a sentiment echoed by Higgins: “Two corners up the first practice run, that excitement turned into a pretty even split between panic and fear.” All told, this video a bit long, clocking in at around 23 minutes, but it’s definitely worth it. Expect epic editing, lots of drama, great tracking shots, a nice soundtrack, entertaining narration, and simply insane footage both inside and outside the car.
Drive Takes A Look At Building High-Horsepower Subaru Engines: Video
Prior to the release of the FA, the mainstay for performance Subaru builds was the iconic EJ powerplant. First seeing an introduction in 1989 on the Subaru Legacy, the EJ has seen a variety of configurations and output levels, with both naturally aspirated and turbocharged applications utilized over the years. The most famous of the EJ’s are those that came mounted in the nose of Subaru’s much-loved rally machine, the WRX and WRX STI. For the past two decades, tuners have tweaked this flat box of power for ever-greater levels of performance, and modern builders are pushing some serious horsepower these days. One such builder is Vince “Built” Griffin from Prime Motoring, who gave our friends over at Drive the lowdown on what it takes to turn the EJ into a total beast in this 19-minute, 32-second video.
The video covers just about everything you need to know about building an EJ, including advantages of the platform, common problems and their solutions, intercooler selection, exhaust selection, common mistakes, block reinforcement, and a whole lot more. If you’re into tuning, or you’re simply a fan of the WRX, this video is sure to provide some interesting and valuable insight into what’s going on behind that classic boxer rumble.
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Travis Pastrana Sets Mt. Washington Hill Climb Record
Travis Pastrana has accomplished a great many things in his illustrious motorsports career. He’s a motocross champion, an X-Games gold medalist, and a four-time Rally America champion. It’s fitting then that for a man who has accomplished a lot in his career, Pastrana added yet another feather to his cap by claiming the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hill Climb record in staggering fashion. With a specially-prepared Subaru WRX STI rally car acting as his stead, Pastrana sped up the 7.6-mile track in 5:44.72.
Pastrana’s record ascent to the summit of Mt. Washington didn’t just break the old record set by David Higgins in 2014. It shattered that 6:09.09 lap time by 24 seconds in one of the most incredible displays of hill climb rallying you’ll ever see. For his part, Higgins also competed in the event and was determined to eclipse his own mark. Unfortunately, his own attempt was derailed after his car went off the road, forcing him to abandon his lap time. It’s easy to feel Higgins’ disappointment in not only failing to finish the climb, but in seeing his record fall. Then again, it still took someone with the skill and experience of Pastrana to lay claim to the lap record of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hill Climb. It’s hard not to see Higgins return next year to try to reclaim his record. For now, though, it’s Pastrana who deserves the shine, as well he should considering his latest accomplishment.
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Subaru Crosstrek Raced the Baja 500
Subaru is well known for its spectacular AWD rally cars, but the Japanese brand hasn’t been overly involved in Baja-style racing. That’s changed for 2017 and could become Subaru’s newest frontier. Teamed up with the Grabowski Brothers Racing and Crawford Performance, Subaru ran a custom-built Crosstrek in the 2017 Baja 500.
The race took place June 3, 2017 with racers starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja Mexico. In between stood 516 miles of unforgiving terrain where 34 classes of vehicles raced against the clock. The Grabowski brothers, Dusty and Parker, piloted their tube-frame Crosstrek through the desert, powered by a Boxer engine built by Quirt Crawford in the Class 5 category. The Crosstrek is hardly a showroom model. In fact, it shares almost nothing with a standard Crosstrek crossover. A close inspection suggests the door handles might be the only OEM Subaru parts – and even those are bolted to bodywork that isn’t even a door.
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The partnership between car and driver is something that sticks in our mind for life, and a prime example of such a partnership is Colin McRae and the Subaru World Rally Team. McRae may be gone, leaving this existence far too early, but his spirit will forever live on in WRC. But, there’s another way his spirit lives on, and you could own a piece of McRae’s amazing WRC history with the Subaru Impreza that you see here.
This car is a 1997 Subaru WRC Impreza that was driven by none other than Calin McRae during the 1997 FIA World Rally Championship. It’s currently in stock in Mohr Klassik’s showroom in Boblingen, Germany with a price tag of €280,000. That translates to about $313,000 at exchange rates as of September 2016. This car saw four World Cup race heats in 1998, then from 1999 to 2008, the car saw use in several World and European Championship rallies under private ownership. Its last run was in the Rally Legend in San Marino in 2008, after which it was fully restored to the condition you see here.
After undergoing a full restoration, the car has been in the hands of various collectors ever since, seeing very little time on the road, primarily for short testing. According to Mohr Klassik and the images, the car is in perfect condition and ready for use. For the record, this beauty is powered by a 2.0-liter that delivers some 300 horsepower and nearly as many pound-feet in torque. It weighs right around 2,500 pounds.
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Mark Higgins Smashes Isle of Man Record
Rally driver Mark Higgins has set a new lap record at the Isle of Man TT course, smashing the previous benchmark with a 17:49.75-minute lap and an average speed of 126.971. Higgins drove a highly modified Subaru WRX STI and improved his previous record by a whopping 1:26 minutes and 9.461 mph, respectively.
Unlike last year, when Higgins used a WRX STI closer to production specification, the Prodrive-prepped sedan uses a higher revving, 600-horsepower engine, numerous weight-reducing components, and a
spec gearbox. Also, the beefed-up WRX rides on a bespoke suspension system with Exe-TC dampers and uses a fully flat underfloor, a drag reduction system, and medium-compound Dunlop Sport Maxx slick tires borrowed from a British Touring Car Championship racer.
All told, Higgins’ new Suby is more of a professional rally car than a standard WRX STI, which makes the new record less than surprising.
"I think 125 mph was the dream before the start. I’ve only had one practice run so I’m over the moon to do that on only my second lap and there’s a little bit more to come – definitely from me because I’m learning all the time I go around the track - and there is a little bit more to come from the car as well," Higgins told Manx Radio at the end of his record-breaking, 37.73-mile lap.
The British pilot is set to make two more attempts this week, meaning that the benchmark is likely to see an improvement before the team calls it a day.
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2016 Subaru WRX STI Time Attack
Earlier this month we brought you news that Subaru was hoping to break the Isle of Man TT record again this year by putting record holder, Mark Higgins, behind the wheel once again. He last broke the record in 2014 using a U.S.-spec 2015 Subaru WRX STI, which shaved 41 seconds off his 19 minute and 56-second run in 2010. For the attempt this year, Subaru is doing something different in hopes that it will give Higgins the ability to tackle the motorcycle track in less than 19 seconds.
The collaboration between Prodrive and Subaru ended back in 2008, but for this record attempt, Subaru has looked to Prodrive once again. This time, the two worked together to build a car specifically for conquering the Isle of Man TT track. When we first dropped this news, the special-made WRX STI had yet to receive its livery on the outside, so it was finished in a boring shade of white. Now, a little over a month before the Isle of Man TT kicks off; we’re finally getting to take a peek at the car with its full livery package.
We’re still betting Higgins will run the course in 18 minutes and 57 seconds, but we’ve still got a little while before we get to see how things really go down. Until then, let’s take a look at the car Subaru hopes to set a new record with and its new livery.
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Prodrive And Subaru Build Special WRX STI For Isle of Man TT Record Attempt
If you’re a fan of Subaru or rally racing in general, you probably know about the 18-year collaboration between Subaru and Prodrive that lasted from 1990 to 2008 and yielded creations like the Prodrive P2 and the 2010 Prodrive Subaru Impreza N2010 WRC. Now, Subaru and Prodrive have teamed up to make a new monster out of a Subaru WRX STI that will be driven by Mark Higgins in an attempt to break the current Isle of Man TT record for cars.
Back in 2010, Higgins ran the 37-mile Isle of Man course in just 19 minutes and 56 seconds, then in 2014 he beat his own record, hitting the stretch in 19 minutes and 15 seconds with a production, U.S.-spec 2015 Subaru WRX STI. This year, Higgins will be driving the purpose-built WRX STI that you see in the photos.
It has been extensively modified and is equipped with a roll cage, an extreme aerodynamic kit, and a large rear spoiler. With any hopes, Higgins will break his previous record and even dip below the 19-minute threshold. His run in 2014 would have been better, but he approached one curve a little too fast, ran out of braking time and had to use the emergency brake to keep from losing control.
This year the Isle of Man TT event will take place between May 28th and June 10th, so we’re definitely looking forward to seeing Higgins behind the wheel of this new WRX. We’re betting that he’ll run the course in 18 minutes and 57 seconds, but what do you think? Will he drop below the 19-minute mark on this run and break his previous record?
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