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Watch Subaru Break the Four-Door Lap Record at the ‘Ring

Video shows purpose-built STI’s record-setting run

Avery Dumke
Aug 9, 2017

Early next year, Subaru will sell a special version of the WRX STI called the WRX STI Type RA (Record Attempt). Subaru sought to break a Nürburgring record to promote the upcoming limited-production performance special, and that's just what it did with a world-beating time of 6 minutes, 57.5 seconds. A video released by Subaru celebrates the accomplishment by showing footage of the race car and interviews with a few of the team members behind the attempt.

In the video, race car driver Richie Stanaway drives the car through the Nürburgring Nordschleife's 73 corners toward the goal of a sub-seven-minute lap. The drone footage shows off the car's abilities on track and highlights one of the ring's most famous corners. The carousel is a bumpy, banked hairpin that put the Subaru's suspension to the test. The video finishes with Dominick Infante, Subaru's product communications manager, commenting on the significance of the lap.

The record-setting car's lengthy name, Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special, corresponds to its extensive list of modifications. Respected engineering firm Prodrive tweaked the stock STI to make over 600 hp courtesy of a revised turbocharger pushing 25 psi of boost. The track car benefited from other performance goodies, including a WRC gearbox, Formula 1-style Drag Reduction System, and 9-inch-wide Dunlop tires.

Subaru's sub-seven-minute time is no small feat. Even though the NBR Special isn't a production car, it managed to post the same time as the million-dollar Porsche 918 hypercar. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio still holds the production car record for a four-door car. The WRX STI has always been a compelling choice for anyone shopping in that segment. Subaru hopes that capturing this record ahead of the Type RA's release will prove the age-old saying, "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday."

Source: Subaru via YouTube

By Avery Dumke
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