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Why Subaru Put WRX STI GRC Plans on Hold Again

A new 2017 Subaru WRX STI GRC supercar is coming. What are Subaru Motorsport’s revamped plans for 2016?

The Subaru WRX STI Global Rallycross car isn’t ready to battle Volkswagen and Ford just yet. Subaru Motorsports announced they will keep their Red Bull Global Rallycross STIs in the garage for the upcoming GRC race in Dallas this weekend. Why another delay? A new 2017 WRX STI needs more work.

Subaru’s WRX STI GRC cars are undergoing more testing by motorsports arm Subaru Tecnica International and Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar. They haven’t been very competitive with the Volkswagen Beetles of Tanner Foust and Scott Speed and Ford Fiesta STs of Patrik Sandell and Steve Arpin who lead the 2016 standings. A new 2017 Subaru WRX STI supercar is being tested now so SRT USA can be competitive.

What’s next for Subaru?

Last month, Subaru Motorsports announced plan to build a new 2017 Subaru WRX STI supercar for GRC. It’s in the testing stages now. SRT USA has increased testing and development work on the new STI GRC supercar. They’ve basically put this year’s racing on hold while drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen test the new 2017 STI.

Subaru wants to win

Subaru says they will “Intensify technical efforts to target winning the series’ Drivers and Manufacturer’s championships in 2017.” The competition is stiff and Subaru needs a WRX STI that can compete. Lasek and Isachsen have been testing an upgraded Subaru STI extensively in recent weeks as the team’s testing program gears up with an improved machine.

Subaru hasn’t given up on Global Rallycross, they went back to the drawing board because Volkswagen and Ford have better cars. They will skip the next round in Dallas this weekend and continue to ramp up their efforts with a new 2017 Subaru WRX STI GRC supercar. Fans won’t see it until next season. Subaru says the team may enter up to three cars at select rounds later in the 2016 season. Stay tuned.

Source: Subaru Motorsports

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