SUBARU WRX STI TO PARTICIPATE IN NÜRBURGRING 24-HOURS

May 25, 2017

Subaru is pleased to announce that its motorsports subsidiary, Subaru Tecnica International (STI), will participate in the 45th Nürburgring 24-Hour Race to be held at the Nürburgring in the Eifel region of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, on May 25-28, 2017, entering a vehicle based on Subaru WRX STI.

The WRX STI will run in the SP3T class for turbocharged vehicles up to 2.0 litres, a class many leading European manufacturers will again enter this year. Subaru is aiming for its third consecutive win and fifth overall in the class. This is a landmark year for Subaru - its 10th year entering the event since 2008.

To improve acceleration and maximum speed, the race WRX STI has increased engine output, paddle shifters, and enhanced transmission performance. In addition, the car has optimized chassis geometry, improved stiffness, reduced body weight, lowered the moment of inertia, and increased front downforce, among other improvements, maximizing the base WRX STI’s inherent speed and responsiveness.

Shigeo Sugaya of STI will manage the team, as he did last year. The drivers will be Carlo van Dam (Netherlands), Marcel Lasée (Germany), Tim Schrick (Germany), and Hideki Yamauchi (Japan), who were all involved in the victories of the past two years.

In addition, six mechanics carefully selected from Subaru dealers around Japan will join the team to support the race effort. Subaru has had dealer mechanics participate in overseas races since 1990, a unique initiative aimed at improving the technical skills of its mechanics. Through the end of 2016, 351 Subaru mechanics had taken part in Safari Rallies, World Rally Championships, and the Nürburgring 24-Hour Races.

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Notes to editors:

  • Further information on the Nürburgring Race can be found on Subaru Motorsport Magazine’s NBR CHALLENGE 2017 Site https://www.subaru-msm.com/2017/nbr/
  • Further information on the Subaru range of cars including latest news, images, archives and links can be found at subarumedia.co.uk.

Team Manager

 

Shigeo Sugaya

Drivers

 

Carlo van Dam

 

Marcel Lasée

 

Tim Schrick

 

Hideki Yamauchi                   

Race Vehicle Specifications

Model name

SUBARU WRX STI NBR CHALLENGE 2017

Overall length

5,120 mm

Overall width

1,860 mm

Overall height

1,395 mm

Wheelbase

2,650mm

Engine type

EJ20 Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder DOHC 16 valve AVCS twin scroll turbo

Engine displacement

1,994 cc

Max output

250kw (340ps) / 5,500rpm

Max torque

461Nm (47kgf.m) / 3,000rpm

Transmission

6-speed sequential gearbox

Clutch

Metal twin plate

Suspension

Front: Strut / Rear: Double wishbone

Brake caliper

Front: Brembo opposed 6 pot/ Rear: Brembo opposed 4 pot

Tire size

Falken 260-66 R18

Wheel size

BBS 18 x 10J

Drive system

All-Wheel Drive

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