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Video: Lasek drives WRX STI Nurburgring-winning car at secret track

Watch Bucky Lasek get a rare opportunity to visit STI facilities in Japan and drive the Subaru WRX STI Nurburgring-winning car. At STI’s secret test track?


In one of the best Launch Control episodes ever produced, Bucky Lasek drives the Subaru WRX STI Nurburgring car at STI’s secret test track in Japan. While the Subaru Global Rallycross team was at the Barbados GRC event in October, Lasek was on location in Japan filming an “un-announced project” for the team. Now we know what Lasek was doing in Japan. The Subaru race driver was taking a trip of a lifetime to Japan, where he got to visit Subaru Tecnica International headquarters where the WRX STI is developed and tested.

The STI facility is also where the motorsport division of Subaru developed the race-winning 24 Hours of Nurburgring WRX STI. Laser gets to go behind closed doors that very few people get to see. He gets to see STI’s past and the future of the WRX STI performance car. He talks with Yoshio Hirasawa President, Subaru Tecnica International, Hideharu Tatsumi General Manager, STI Motorsports and Masuo Takatsu Project General Manager, WRX/WRX STI.

At the Fuji Heavy Industries Gunma manufacturing plant, Lasek gets a close look at the only place where Subaru produces the WRX STI performance cars. He even gets to see the Crystal White Pearl 2016 Subaru WRX STI that he will purchase and will sit in his driveway after it’s shipped to the U.S.

Laser gets to see STI’s secret test track they use as their proving grounds for the STI performance cars and the Nurburgring race car. Laser gets an opportunity of a lifetime and gets behind the wheel of the race-winning 24 Hours of Nurburgring Subaru WRX STI. Laser says, I’m a kid from Baltimore City, if they knew that, I don’t think they would let me do it.”

Source: Subaru