SUBARU / STI to Compete in the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race 2024

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Subaru Tecnica International *1, SUBARU's motorsport subsidiary, will participate in 52nd Nürburgring 24-Hour Race on 1 and 2 June 2024 at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany with its latest race car based on the WRX. This is the 17th year of their challenge in the event since 2008.

The SUBARU WRX NBR CHALLENGE 2024 will be powered by a new 2.4-liter direct-injection turbo engine and will compete in the SP4T class, where turbocharged cars between 2.0 and 2.6 liters are entered.
The team will be aiming for a class win and top overall ranking with car number 88, following the perfect win in 2019 , and also the number considered auspicious in Japan.

The track is said to be the toughest in the world with a total length of 25km, a 300m difference in elevation and ever-changing weather conditions. In order for drivers to drive fast and control the car as they wish on such a challenging track, the race car has been developed with the SGP (Subaru Global Platform) at its core, while taking advantage of the basic layout of the horizontally opposed engine and symmetrical AWD.

【SUBARU WRX NBR CHALLENGE 2024 Vehicle Package】
Well-matured basic package (AWD, special suspension, racing features, introduction of flexible philosophy)
+Further deepening through a combination of SUBARU's latest technologies (direct-injection engine and SGP)

- Flexible performance wheels: Improvement of micro-rudder response and limit performance through pursuit of optimal rim shape
- Aerodynamics: Significant improvement in turning performance through review of front underbody panel, rear wing, etc.
- Engine: Improved reliability, power output, and thermal efficiency by optimizing head bolts, head gaskets, etc.
- Suspension: Improved durability and reliability of front suspension components
- Exhaust: Improved high-temperature strength and durability by optimizing exhaust manifold materials and structure
- Cooling: Improved reliability by reviewing engine cooling water routes
- Electrical components: Improved reliability of power generation components and changed belt layout to improve reliability and reduce weight.
Based on the 2023 race car, the 2024 race car is designed to improve reliability, durability, and driving performance, and to be the ultimate car that can be driven well.

Hideharu Tatsumi will be the Team General Manager and Takuya Sawada will be the Team Manager with Naoki Shibuya acting as the Technical Manager for development the vehicle. Carlo van Dam (Netherlands), Tim Schrick (Germany), Kota Sasaki and a new driver Rintaro Kubo will drive for the team. The Team General Manager Hideharu Tatsumi who has been participating in the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race since 2008, will be taking on his last challenge in this race.

Eight service technicians chosen through a rigorous selection process from SUBARU dealerships in Japan will also join and support the team for the races again this year.
The participation of dealership service technicians in overseas motor races has been ongoing since 1990, with the aim of delivering “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” in customers’ car life by improving the technicians' technical skills. To date (as of 2023), 393 service technicians have worked on the Safari Rally, the WRC*2 and the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race.

*1: Subaru Tecnica International Inc (President: Hiromi Tamo, Mitaka City, Tokyo, Abbreviation: STI)
*2: World Rally Championship

【Race Car】
Overall length 5,270mm
Overall width 1,900mm
Overall height 1,390mm
Wheelbase 2,690mm
Engine type FA24 BOXER DOHC 16 valve AVCS single scroll turbo
Engine displacement 2,387cc
Vehicle weight 1,290kg
Maximum output 280kW(380PS) / 6,000rpm
Maximum torque 590Nm(60kgf・m) / 3,500rpm
Air restrictor   φ39mm
Transmission 6-speed sequential gearbox + paddle shift
Clutch O.R.C 5.5-inch, multi-plate
Suspension Front: Strut / Rear: Double wishbone
Brakes Front: 6-pot / Rear: 4-pot
Wheels BBS 18 x 11J
Tires FALKEN 280/680R18