Good things happen when Subaru and Prodrive hook up. The Prodrive-built Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR is their newest creation and it was loaded on the trailer this week heading to Germany for its record attempt run at the Nurburgring. Subaru and Prodrive smashed the Isle of Man TT record with another STI, and now they have a new challenge.
The Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR, driven by Mark Higgins, took first in class and third place overall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb and looked good doing it. The STI is unbelievably fast and looked stable as it took on Goodwood’s famous Hill Climb. Prodrive who prepared the special car for Subaru, says the STI Type RA (Record Attempt) is ready to go for its hot lap of the Nordschleife.
Prodrive took the 600hp EJ20 2.0-liter turbo engine and specially-built 6-speed semi-automatic sequential transmission out of the STI for testing after the Goodwood run. They put the 2.0-liter flat four on the dyno getting it ready for the Ring.
Even though it looks street-legal, the STI Type RA NBR Special is a unique race machine, with the interior gutted, a full roll cage, special Dunlop racing tires, race suspension, engine mods, body kit, adjustable rear wing and a carbon fiber roof.
Prodrive techs dropped the engine and tranny back in, fired it up and took the WRX STI Type RA NBR out for a trial run this week. Prodrive says, “The Subaru STI Type RA NBR is back from its shakedown and ready for its return to the Nordschleife.” The wicked Prodrive-built 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA model is ready to demolish the Nurburgring lap record in a sedan. Subaru says the new goal is to “push ourselves further, to reach new heights.” Stay tuned.
Photo credit: Prodrive