After rainy weather ruined the first attempt, Subaru returning to the Nordschleife to try to set a new lap record.
Subaru is finally showing off the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special’s lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife that makes it the quickest sedan ever around tricky circuit. Driver Richie Stanaway piloted the sedan around the Green Hell in 6 minutes and 57.5 seconds.
Unfortunately, Subie’s video doesn’t show the entire lap from the STI’s cockpit. Instead, viewers see some of the preparation for the run and get a variety of views of looks at the sedan on the Nordschleife.
The NBR Special is only tangentially related to the WRX STI Type RA that goes on sale early in 2018. The car on the Nürburgring comes from the rally-preparation masters at Prodrive. It features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and uses a World Rally Championship-spec gearbox with modified with hydraulics for paddle-shift operation.
The revised body kit creates 650 pounds (295 kilograms) of downforce at the car’s 179-mile-per-hour (288-kilometers-per-hour) top speed. The setup features an active rear wing that adjusts based on the need for downforce when cornering or lower drag on the straights.
The road-going Type RA isn’t quite as wild but still quite a potent package. It features a revised flat four that produces 310 hp (231 kW), thanks to revised engine mapping. The six-speed manual has a tweaked ratio for third gear and features a short-throw shifter. Updates to the suspension setup and changes to the Vehicle Dynamics Control system should sharpen handling, too. The Type RA rides on a set of 19-inch forged wheels from BBS and features cross-drilled brake rotors. A carbon fiber hood, roof, and rear wing cut weight. The loss of the spare tire drops a few more pounds.
Subaru hasn’t yet announced pricing or an exact release date for the Type RA. The company will only release 500 of them, and they’ll arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2018.
Gallery: Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special’s lap record
New Video: Watch the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special Set a Sub-Seven Minute Lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife Track
Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. released a new video of the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special with driver Richie Stanaway setting a new lap record for a four-door sedan at the famous 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife race track, achieving a time of 6:57.5. The time was recorded using the Nürburgring timing equipment and was verified by track officials.
The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special was designed to showcase the capabilities of the Subaru WRX STI’s standard all-wheel drive system and draw attention to the upcoming release of the production WRX STI Type RA. This time attack car has set lap records at the Isle of Man TT, the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb (where it was also 3rd fastest overall) and now it has conquered the 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. Achieving a time of six minutes and 57.5 seconds.
The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special is a Prodrive-built time attack car based on a stock 2017 WRX STI with a full roll cage welded into the standard WRX STI unibody for added strength and stiffness. It has a modified 2.0-liter Subaru WRC-spec boxer motor and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It uses a 75-mm intake, and the turbo runs at 25 psi of boost. This produces more than 600 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and the NBR Special reached a top speed of 179 mph at 8,500 rpm in top gear at the “Ring. The car also features 9-inch-wide slick tires all around. It uses a WRC gearbox with an automatic clutch, modified with hydraulics for paddle-shift operation. Shift times are some of the fastest at 20 to 25 milliseconds. A redesigned aero-package, different than last year’s TT car set up, delivers improved handling and top speed on the NBR Special. At top speed the whole package produces about 650 pounds of downforce. The design includes a Drag Reduction System rear wing, similar to the technology found in Formula 1 cars. With its combined electric and hydraulic operation, the wing can deploy for full downforce/drag under braking or in fast turns and then open for less downforce/drag on long straights. The driver has full control of the DRS via a steering wheel mounted control taking less than 20 milliseconds to change position fully.
WRX STI Type RA
The 2018 WRX STI Type RA delivers increased performance through weight reduction, suspension and engine upgrades. The new, numbered limited edition model comes standard with a carbon fiber roof panel, the removal of the spare tire, a carbon fiber pedestal wing and lightweight BBS® 19-in. forged alloy wheels shod with 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.