Subaru has announced it will participate for the seventh consecutive year in Germany’s famed Nürburgring 24-Hour Race, using the new All-Wheel Drive WRX STI race car.
The company’s performance arm – Subaru Tecnica International (STI) – is aiming for its third victory in the SP3T class, on what is regarded as one of the world’s most challenging race circuits.
The 2014 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race takes place from June 19 to 22.
The Subaru WRX STI used in this year’s challenge employs special parts and is tuned for endurance racing, but uses the same core components as those on the road-going WRX STI.
The team is officially known as the 2014 STI NBR Challenge, under General Team Manager, Hideharu Tatsumi and Manager, Masahiro Ozawa.
The drivers are Toshihiro Yoshida (Japan), Kouta Sasaki (Japan), Marcel Lasée (Germany) and Carlo van Dam (Netherlands).
Subaru WRX STI NBR Challenge technical specification (SP3T Class, turbo model under 2.0-litre)
Body size (Overall length/width/height): 4890 x 1835 x 1395 mm
Wheelbase: 2650 mm
Engine: EJ20 Horizontally-Opposed four-cylinder DOHC turbo engine
Displacement: 1994 cc
Maximum output: 250kW (340PS)/5500 rpm
Maximum torque: 461Nm (47kgfm)/3000 rpm
Drive system: DCCD type All-Wheel Drive
Transmission: six-speed sequential gearbox
Clutch: STI metal clutch
Suspension: Front: strut; rear: double wishbone
Brake caliper: Front: Brembo opposed six-pot; rear: Brembo opposed four-pot
Tyres: Dunlop 260/660 R18
Wheel size: BBS 18 x 10J