Subaru and its performance division, Subaru Tecnica International (STI) have unveiled a race car version of the next generation WRX STi (pictured below), which was revealed only a few days ago.
The racing car will be used in the Nürburgring 24-Hour endurance race in Germany from June 19-22, 2014. It will be STI’s seventh consecutive year at Nürburgring and the racing outfit will be aiming for its third victory in the SP3T class.
As with last year’s campaign, Hideharu Tatsumi will be team manager, in addition to being responsible for development of the car. Toshihiro Yoshida and Kouta Sasaki, both from Japan, will be listed as drivers, with two more to be announced from Europe.
The production version of the new 2015 Subaru WRX STi is set to be unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. Power comes from a 2.5-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine, slightly larger than the 2.0-litre turbo in the WRX. It produces 224 kW (300 hp) and 393 Nm (290 lb-ft) driving all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
In last season’s SuperGT series, Subaru’s BRZ GT300 race car took pole position five times in eight races in the Japanese Super GT Series and achieved a class win. With the upgraded 2014 BRZ GT300 version, STI will aim for a series win this year.
As in previous years, the team will be operated in conjunction with R&D Sport, led by Director Shinji Motojima. Kouta Sasaki and newly recruited Takuto Iguchi will drive for the team.