Subaru’s newest WRX STI is ready to be unleashed on rally circuits around the world. Constructed to meet the FIA’s new-for-2015 NR4 technical regulations, it is the newest Subaru WRX STI production rally car that is eligible in WRC 2, ERC 2 and other regional championships.
As a joint project between Subaru engineers and the rally-bred mad scientists at Prodrive, the UK300 was created to celebrate the rally success the Impreza had found in the UK over the previous years, and featured styling work carried out by Peter Stevens who designed the famous McLaren F1 and Subaru WRC rally car. The “300” denotes the total number of units produced.
Chris Amos recently got up close and personal with the Prodrive Subaru rally car – a two door race-spec Impreza boasting 280 horsepower, a five speed manual gearbox, speed-sensitive rack and pinion power steering, and a curb weight of just 2858 pounds. While the Prodrive Impreza with hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds and reach a 155mph top speed, to get a real sense of what the Impreza P1 is all about, we needed to experience the car in rally-like conditions.
Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) will offer a rally-ready version of its GT86 (the overseas version of our Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S). Based on the TMG GT86 CS-V3 (pictured above), which has already found success at the Nürburgring 24 Hours race, the GT86 CS-R3 rally car will be built to compete in FIA-sanctioned rally races, including the World Rally Championship.
This particular, third-gen Focus RS was actually picked up by Galpin Ford, the largest Ford dealer in the world, in Mexico. On a mere six-month visa, the Focus RS’ turbocharged five-pot was tuned up to 420 horsepower, up from the stock 305 ponies, thanks to Ford tuner Mountune. While 420 horsepower is plenty, it’s even more intense when channeled through the front wheels. Can you say torque steer?
At the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai announced that Rhys Millen has created a 500-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Hyundai Veloster rally car to compete in the U.S. Rallycross Championship series and the Summer X Games.
If this car doesn’t make you just a little bit excited about rally racing, you should really check your pulse. The Ford Fiesta RS WRC is set to compete in the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, and will make its first competition appearance at Rally Sweden, starting on February 10. It’s already covered almost 1900 miles in testing, and will begin final gravel shakedowns this week in Spain.
In case you missed it, Travis Pastrana jumped a Subaru 269 feet onto a barge to celebrate the new year. Then, to celebrate his world record jump, he did a backflip into the harbor.