When you get behind the wheel of your SUV you don’t think about how it corners or why it gets you through snow or ice. You only care that your all-wheel-drive Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent, or another model works when you need it. You should feel more confident driving one after reading this.
When Subaru developed the WRX and WRX STI for its motorsports activities, they had their eye on winning, but they also knew the information gained would be used in the new 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek and other models you drive today. It’s why the brand’s all-wheel-drive vehicles are fun-to-drive and they have road-hugging driving dynamics. Subaru will take the WRX STI to the upcoming Nurburgring 24-hour race that’s usually run in May but has been postponed until September 24-27 because of the COVID-19 health crisis.
How do motorsports influence the new Forester, Outback and Crosstrek?
The new 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek and other models that now ride on the Subaru Global Platform was first developed in the WRX STI NBR race car. It makes handling more precise and enhances the vehicle’s agility, especially in the corners.
All of Subaru’s all-wheel-drive SUVs get Active Torque Vectoring (ATV), first introduced on the WRX and WRX STI performance cars. ATV allows the driver to push the driving envelope farther and gives the driver a greater sense of control in extreme situations like ice, snow and loose gravel and dirt surfaces.
Customers benefit every time you get behind the wheel
The ATV yaw-control system uses the vehicle’s brakes to apportion greater torque to the outside of the car, reducing understeer and oversteer to allow a more predictable and controlled course through corners.
The Japanese automaker has taken its extensive rally heritage and learned how to build a better all-wheel-drive system that will get you through the snow, ice, and extreme weather conditions. Subaru also uses its motorsports division STI to improve their unique brand of Boxer engines not used in any other automaker’s complete lineup. The Boxer engine sits lower in the chassis than a traditional in-line or V6 engine, giving their SUVs a lower center of gravity, offering improved driving dynamics even with 8.7 inches of ground clearance. You will notice this with less body lean when making a tight turn.
The 2020 Subaru Outback rides on the new Subaru Global Platform
The information Subaru Corporation gleans from its motorsport involvement is invaluable for learning how to build vehicles like the 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, and other all-wheel-drive models people will enjoy driving. They will also keep you safe and get you through extreme weather you could encounter this spring.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Subaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates at Torque News!
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