Higgins pushes remarkably quiet Subaru WRX STI hard before Rally GB
David Higgins calls the newly prepared NR4-spec 2015 Subaru WRX STI production rally car the silent assassin. It was prepared by the UK’s JRM for Subaru Rally Team USA to compete in the final round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. Why does he call the NR4-spec STI the silent assassin?
David Higgins and Crag Drew have been testing the WRX STI and pushing it to the limits preparing for the 2015 Wales Rally GB. Higgins say the NR4-spec 2015 Subaru WRX STI is much different from the STI rally car that he runs in the Rally America Championship. This special car has the iconic blue and yellow livery with gold wheels to honor the late Colin McRae and they’ve been testing the car at the Higgins Rally School in Wales.
Higgins says the car prepared by JRM is remarkably quiet and can deceive the driver at how fast it is. "This car is the silent assassin; it just doesn’t make the noise the Rally America car does and you don’t have the same sensation of speed,” says Higgins. “You go to brake for a corner and you don’t realize how fast you’re going. You also spend a lot more time at full throttle, so there are a few things to get used to. In general we are super happy with the car and it feels great."
David Higgins and Craig Drew have been getting acquainted with the world’s newest production rally car for Group N of the FIA World Rally Championship. The duo has been pushing the new STI hard to see just how it will perform in the GB Rally. Higgins and Drew are at home to run the NR4-spec 2015 Subaru WRX STI in the Rally GB November 12-15. This year marks a special anniversary for Subaru, when twenty years ago, Colin McRae won Rally GB to claim the first WRC title for the brand. Can they win with the new NR4-spec STI? Stay tuned.
Media source: Subaru Motorsports