Newly enhanced 2015 Subaru WRX STI NBR unveiled in Geneva [video]
The 2015 Subaru WRX STI will be taking to the track for the 43rd 24-hours Nurburgring running at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany May 14-17, 2015. Subaru Technica International (STI) is aiming to secure a win in the SP3T class with its 8th consecutive entry in the grueling race since 2008.
Based on the 2015 WRX STI production car, STI will apply its motorsports technology and design concepts to Subaru's base platform. STI recently took the new STI NBR car to Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) headquarter’s experimental wind tunnel facility in Gunma, Japan for a series of tests. STI made four critical changes to the aerodynamics of the STI NBR with the goal of making the car faster.
STI took the new 2015 STI NBR to Fuji Speedway this week for a shakedown to see how the aerodynamic improvements have affected the car. After the data is analyzed, the car will be modified with its final aerodynamic specs before it departs for its transport to Germany for the final shakedown before the 24-hour race in May. STI hopes the changes made to the new STI will take 9 minutes off the lap times.
STI will have four drivers who will get behind the wheel of the STI NBR race car. Kota Sasaki from Japan, Tim Schlick from Germany, Marcel Rasse from Germany and Carlo Vandam from the Netherlands. There will be six mechanics from Subaru dealers from Japan who will join the team during the grueling 24-hour race.
Final setup of the cars takes place at the Nurburgring on April 11-12, and qualifying will be on Saturday, April 25. Stay tuned.
Check out the 2014 Nurburgring 24-hour Running Digest video.