A vehicle that’s easy to drive safely at the limit in competition is a vehicle that can be safely driven on the streets. High speeds and the duress of competition are the ultimate tests of quality. Competition is the proving ground of our technology.
The basic formula hasn’t changed for decades. Low center of gravity and high traction—both made possible by the Subaru engineering constant—the horizontally-opposed SUBARU BOXER engine coupled with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
An STI vehicle is designed to be so intuitive and confidence-inspiring that it feels connected to the drivers’ nervous system. In competition and at the Nürburgring, STI vehicles are known for beating more powerful cars. Why? Because STI vehicles empower drivers.
The seeds of STI were planted in 1972, when Subaru campaigned the Leone in the Australia’s Southern Cross Rally. After their first foray into competition, Subaru made history with the first AWD car entered in the World Rally Championship (WRC), when the Leone 4WD entered the Safari Rally in 1980.
By 1988, with the competition reputation of AWD and turbo cars established, it was time for Subaru to stake its claim. STI was founded and they quickly made a powerful statement by breaking a world speed record. Led by Ryuichiro Kuze, the STI team smashed the 100,000 km FIA World Land Endurance Record, driving a generation III Legacy at a blistering average speed 138.780 mph (223.345 km/h) for 447 hours, 44 minutes and 9.887 seconds, continuously. The rest is history.
True to STI’s philosophy that racing and production vehicles go hand-in-hand, the WRX STI was released in 1994. Based on the Impreza WRX, the WRX STI brought rally-proven technology to the masses – the turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine coupled with the Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
With the rally course claimed and conquered, the tarmac was our next challenge. The 24 Hours Nürburgring was chosen. A grueling 24-hour team race, it would be a great test of STI engineering and philosophy.
The tight and precarious Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit played right into the strengths of the STI racecar, a vehicle that could easily be driven safely and confidently over the 24-hour duration of the race. This is an event rewards consistency first, outright speed second.
The STI race team won the 24 hours Nürburgring in 2011, 2012, and aims to return to the top of the podium in 2014, proving the effectiveness of infusing “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” into the STI NBR Challenge race car, a quality that can be felt in every Subaru around the globe.
There’s more meaning to the new STI racing livery than meets the eye. “WR-Blue” represents Subaru and their storied history of competition in motorsports, and “Cherry Red,” is emblematic of STI and our insatiable thirst for success racing.
Motorsports has taught us a valuable lesson: the technology required to build a high-quality production car is synonymous to the technology needed for racing success. The “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” experienced by an ordinary person driving a Subaru production vehicle can also carry a professional race driver to the finish line. Our dedication to fielding Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the SUBARU BOXER engine in competition is explained by our mantra,“attaining ultimate in driving will attain ultimate in safety.” If our technology improves results in competition, it will certainly improve lives on the road.
We have chosen the Nürburgring as our symbolic proving ground for a reason. The Nürburgring Nordschleife is one of the most challenging, unpredictable circuits in the world, and it’s a place where our technologies and philosophy can shine. Whether competing for lap records, or challenging the competition in the Nürburgring 24-Hour race, our dedication to this precarious track is resolute.
It’s a common scenario – a racecar with unlimited horsepower, tremendous grip, slippery aerodynamics, space-age materials, and powerful brakes struggles to finish in the top 10. Why is this? Their engineers failed to address the most important ingredient – drivability.
To STI, maximizing drivability is paramount to racing success. It’s an indispensible quality, assuring consistency and confidence in the driver. A confident driver can push through adversity to victory against more powerful, faster foes, no matter the conditions.
Drivability is a constant in every racecar we’ve ever built. A racecar that can be driven confidently can also be driven competitively. This is our engineering mindset, and that’s why “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” can be experienced in all the production vehicles our racecars are based on.
On the left arm of every WRX STI NBR Challenge team member, you’ll see the Japanese Kanji character “心” which means spirit. In the heat of battle, the STI team unites together as one to fight for victory. STI applies this spirit to all challenges, whether racing, or building a vehicle, or designing new performance parts.
Description: Explore the 2015 Subaru WRX STI. The best-handling, best-performing WRX STI. Ever.
The Subaru Impreza 22B STI is one of the rarest and most sought-after Subaru vehicles. Only 424 of these vehicles were produced and it was designed to commemorate Subaru's 40th Anniversary as well as the third consecutive manufacturers' title for Subaru in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
The limited edition S206 was created to push the limits of performance while retaining the soul of the WRX STI it’s based on. With substantially improvements in feel, maneuverability and overall performance over the production WRX STI, the S206 is hand-built with top-grade STI components. Built to commemorate the STI team victory in the 2011 24 Hours Nürburgring race, the NBR CHALLENGE PACKAGE featured a carbon roof and carbon rear spoiler.