Subaru Reveals Purpose-Built WRX STI Time Attack Car
As reported here, Prodrive released a few images of the new 2016 Subaru WRX STI purpose-built Isle of Man TT Course time attack car before its official announcement. Subaru of America just released the first image of the car Mark Higgins will attempt to break the record in again. Subaru of America, Prodrive and Subaru Technica International (STI) have partnered together to built the ultimate 2016 Subaru WRX STI Time Attack car.
Here’s the details
Subaru called on Prodrive and their motorsport partner, STI for technical assistance to build this car. They will make another attempt at the Isle of Man record with rally driver Mark Higgins who shattered the record in a “near-stock” 2015 WRX STI in 2014. Subaru didn’t release any mechanical details of the new car, but we’re guessing this one will have a number of engine and suspension upgrades.
Subaru says they created the 2016 WRX STI “Time Attack” car “That could tackle the arduous TT Course, which is similar in style to both the Nurburgring and Le Mans in the demands it puts on suspension and engines.” We are guessing it could get the same 2.0-liter turbo engine the 2016 WRX STI Nurburgring-winning race car is powered by. It will also likely get a number of suspension upgrades from STI.
The ultimate WRX STI for TT Course
Dominick Infante, National Manager of Product Communications, Subaru of America, Inc. says this won’t be like the “near-stock” 2015 WRX STI Higgins drove the last time they attempted the record. Infante says, “This year we set out to design the ultimate WRX STI for this circuit.”
It’s been reported by Prodrive, that Subaru of America and the new 2016 Subaru WRX STI Time Attack car driven by Mark Higgins will attempt to break the record sometime this June. Higgins broke the lap record on the fabled 37-mile course in 2014 by hitting at an average lap speed of 117.510 and a time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds. The new Time Attack STI gets a special livery with WR Rally Blue, black, green and white color scheme. By the looks of this new WRX STI, they could blow that time away easily. Stay tuned.
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