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 a new 100,000-kilometerworld speed record(Effective as of the end of April, 2005), driving Legacyat a blistering average speed 138.780 mph (223.345 km/h) for 447 hours, 44minutes and 9.887 seconds, continuously.
To say that STI's journey has been a history of overcoming challenges is not an overstatement.
Since our foundation, our mission has been to make "SUBARU the best in the world".
We will continue to aim for the top of the world with "cars which allow total driver control at will"