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History of Subaru - Tetsu's Tales

Straight Outta J-Pan.Engrish From Our Man In Japan. Read If You Dare.

Sep 17, 2010

New Impreza STI sedan at Nürburgring in Germany says that is nice car. Nürburgring closed racetrack is very famous. That is about 14.1 miles and over 160 corners in one round at Nürburgring racetrack. That's why many car companies from over the world bring new cars and test it in the racetrack. Porsche 911 GT2 RS lap time is 7:18.00. Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR's lap time is 7:22.10. Nissan GT-R (R35) lap time is 7:26.70. Honda NSX-R lap time is 7:56.773. Impreza STI ('04 model) lap time is 7:59.41. New Impreza STI sedan's lap time is 7:55.00. That is faster than NSX-R. I think Impreza is not in same class as Porsche and GT-R. We will see new Impreza STI sedan in tuning scene, racing scene and I hope Subaru come back to WRC scene.

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Subaru is own by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. Fuji's other business is aerospace business. Until few years ago, Fuji had developing train business. Fuji was airplane company before the World War II. In 1960s, Subaru developed Subaru 1000 coupe and Van (station wagon). In fact Subaru developed Subaru 1000 coupe to be electrical vehicle (EV) for California. One company in California asked Subaru for developing EV that's why Subaru started to develop Subaru 1000 coupe.

Subaru's EV project canceled but Subaru 1000 is very important car for Subaru history. Subaru 1000 had Subaru's first flat boxer motor and Subaru's first AWD system in a van. In 1970s, one electric power company in snow area asked one Subaru dealer near the power company for customizing AWD van. One mechanic who were working at Subaru dealer customized AWD Subaru 1000 van. One mechanic who built AWD Subaru 1000 was engineer of Japanese military. Subaru engineer found this information and then Subaru started to develop AWD car. Flat motor and AWD system is Subaru's flagship system. After Subaru 1000, Subaru did many special things like developed flat-12 motor for Formula One.

Subaru Legacy made world speed endurance record in 1989, in Arizona. Subaru Vivio (660cc super chargered K-car) took part in WRC. Now Subaru and Toyota are developing FT-86 coupe (new Hachi-Roku). FT-86 has Subaru's flat motor(2000cc). Big company like Toyota notice Subaru's flat motor.

I know that there are many Subaru fans in USA. Many people are waiting Impreza sedan STI. Now ,many people notice hybrid cars. It is hard to find new sports cars in the world. I would like to say thank you Subaru for making nice sport car.




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