The Next-Gen STI Is Done But A New Subaru WRX Competition Car Is Coming
Subaru of America and Subaru Tecnica International will not build a next-generation STI with a turbocharged Boxer engine, but that doesn’t mean they are done bringing a new competition model for fans. Subaru of America is committed to a new generation of performance cars for motorsport in the U.S. now and in the future.
Subaru of America’s motorsports manager William Stokes spoke with DirtFish and told them a new 2022 WRX competition car is coming soon. “Subaru of America remains committed to motorsports success through our efforts with Subaru Motorsports USA,” said Stokes.
“We plan to defend our American Rally Association (ARA) and Nitro Rallycross championships in 2022 with our current internal-combustion vehicles and have already undertaken the development of a next-generation competition version of the 2022 WRX.”
The new 2022 WRX competition car will be built by Subaru’s long-term factory racing partner Vermont SportsCar. Subaru remains tight-lipped as to what exactly this new “competition” car will be for the time being, but the new vehicle will be a WRX and not carry the STI badge.
Stokes also told DirtFish Subaru is exploring opportunities to race in electric motorsport in the future but didn’t give details about its involvement.
“Subaru of America, Subaru Corporation, and Subaru Tecnica International are currently evaluating opportunities in electrified motorsports, as demonstrated by the announcement of the STI E-RA concept at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon,” he said.
Subaru Corporation and Subaru Tecnica International will test the new STI E-RA electrified performance car and try to set a track record at the Nurburgring next year. The new electric car produces 1073 horsepower with its high-torque high-revolution type motors.
A new 2022 Subaru WRX competition car will likely get a new 600-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine. It’s good news for performance enthusiasts as Subaru of America remains committed to motorsports in North America. Stay tuned.
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