Bonkers Subaru WRX STI now sedan king of the Nürburgring

Bonkers Subaru WRX STI now sedan king of the Nürburgring

Subaru took its Isle of Man TT record holder WRX STI, tweaked it a bit and lapped the Nürburgring in a time most elite supercars would be proud of.

The car you see above is the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special – now officially the fastest sedan to ever lap the infamous Nürburgring in Germany.

What’s even more impressive, though, is that the Scooby – which is based on a humble economy car – was just half a second slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar and just a few seconds behind the Lamborghini Huracán LP640-4 Performante!

The specially modified WRX STI lapped Germany’s notorious 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 6:57.5, making it the new four-door record holder.

While a video of the run hasn’t yet been released, we do know plenty about the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special.

It’s actually the same car that Subaru used to smash the Isle of Man TT vehicle record last year with Mark Higgins behind the wheel.

Kiwi racing driver Richie Stanaway – who has run in multiple World Endurance Championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans races for Aston Martin Racing – was the man in the cockpit for the Subaru’s record-breaking run in May.

For its Nürburgring test, Subaru and Prodrive massaged the WRX STI’s 2.0-litre, turbocharged flat-4 to achieve over 600 horsepower at 8,500 rpm.

The WRX’s aerodynamics were also upgraded, providing a whopping 650 pounds of downforce at the car’s top speed. The power adjustable rear spoiler can be manipulated at the touch of a button to reduce drag and increase speed on straights.

In addition, the WRX has nine-inch wide slick Dunlop tyres at each corner, plus a rally-spec six-speed sequential gearbox that can shift gears in an incredible 20 to 25 milliseconds.

We’ll post the full video from Subaru as soon as it’s released.


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