In recent years, a headlining Nürburgring lap time has become something like a rite of passage for car makers out to prove their racing pedigree. It was only a matter of time before Subaru, with their impressive back-catalogue of fast cars, got in on the act. This is exactly what they have done with their latest creation, the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR.
Built by Prodrive, the same guys who built the Ferrari 550 Maranello that was raced by Colin McRae at Le Mans the track-only Type RA NBR is a heavily reworked version of the car Subaru used to break the Isle of Man time-trial record last year. Its 2.0-litre flat four now produces upwards of 600hp at 8,500 rpm. The aerodynamics have been enhanced which now lets the car produce 295kg of downforce at V-max. The power adjustable rear wing with a drag reduction system has been carried over from last year.
Other additions include a full roll cage, 9-inch wide slicks and a WRC spec gearbox which shifts in 20-25 milliseconds. These improvements make sure the car sets a time of 6min 57.5sec. This is the fastest time ever recorded for a 4-door car, beating the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV’s time by 35 seconds. Astonishingly, this is only 0.5s off the time set by the Porsche 918.
If ever there was a car built for the sole purpose of making headlines, this one is it.