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Subaru’s New 1,100 HP Electric Race Car Concept Was Designed to Conquer Nürburgring

Subaru’s New 1,100 HP Electric Race Car Concept Was Designed to Conquer Nürburgring

Subaru’s motorsports division is best known for its success in rally racing, but a new concept could change that.

Subaru Tecnica International (STI) just unveiled an electric race concept called the STI E-RA at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. The division’s engineers have big goals for the nearly 1,100 hp speed machine, too—they think it’s capable of conquering Nürburgring.

The STI E-RA—the last three letters stand for “Electric Record Attempt”—is designed to presage a new carbon-neutral era of racing. The result is a vehicle that a looks a lot more like an endurance racer than a souped-up version of one of Subaru’s current models. Although it has headlights similar to those found on the brand’s current BRZ sports car, the rest—from its shapely fenders to the bubble cockpit to the giant rear wing—is all new. A priority was clearly placed on aerodynamics making clear that this is vehicle built to circle a track as quickly as possible.

Subaru STI E-RA 

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It should have little trouble doing that. Powering the STI E-RA is an all-new, all-electric powertrain consisting of four motors and a 60-kWh lithium ion battery pack, according to a press release. These motors, which were developed and supplied by Yamaha, are situated near each wheel and combine to generate 1,073 hp. The racer will also take advantage of STI’s new four-wheel torque vectoring system, which will constantly monitor the car—including factors like vehicle speed, steering angle and G-force—to improve control and handling.
It may still be a prototype, but Subaru sounds mighty confident in the abilities of its battery-powered racer. Although there’s still a lot of testing to be done, the automaker announced it hopes to complete a lap around Nürburgring circuit in “400 seconds,” or 6:40, in 2023. Presumably this would be the record the car’s name refers to, although, as CNET Roadshow points out, the current Nürburgring record for an EV is 6:05, which was set by the Volkswagen ID R in 2019.
Either way, Subaru is clearly thinking big.

Racing Legend Colin McRae’s Old Subaru Rally Car Was Found in an Australian Barn. It Just Sold for $360,000.

Racing Legend Colin McRae’s Old Subaru Rally Car Was Found in an Australian Barn. It Just Sold for $360,000.

There have been some special barn finds over the years, but they rarely turn out to be a car piloted by one of the greatest race car drivers of all time.

A Prodrive Subaru Impreza rally car driven by the late Colin McRae was recently auctioned off by Lloyds Auctions for $360,000. The gavel price isn’t the most surprising part of the story, though. It’s that no one knew this car still existed until recently.

This particular racer is one of 63 Imprezas the UK-based Prodrive team commissioned from Subaru for competition in the World Rally Championship (WRC) during the mid-‘90s, according to the Australian auction house. It was used by the team during the 1994 season, when it was driven by McRae and Carlos Sainz Sr. Prodrive came in second in that season’s manufacturer’s competition and claimed victory at races in Greece, New Zealand and the UK. The car would be retired in 1996, at which point it was sold off. The Impreza has had three owners since then, the most recent of which was storing it in a barn in Victoria, unaware of what they were sitting on.

Inside the Prodrive Impreza 

Loyds Auction

The unnamed owner had been hoping to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $14,500 for the off-roader. That’s not too shabby for a 25-year-old vehicle, even one beloved by rally car aficionados. But an inspection by International Classic Automobile Authentication & Rating System, determined that the car was actually one of the Prodrive Imprezas driven by McRae and Sainz. The car is completely unrestored, meaning it still bears all the wear and tear that comes with competing in the WRC. It’s also still equipped with a 2.0-liter boxer engine, manual gearbox and, most importantly of all, the car’s original blue racing livery.

Loyds Auction

McRae’s Prodrive Impreza sold to an unnamed collector late last month. That $360,00 is nice return for a banged up car desperately in need of a proper servicing. But it’s also apparently the going rate for decades-old Subarus driven by the  race legend.

A 1998 Subaru Just Sold for a Jaw-Dropping $312,555. Here’s Why.

A 1998 Subaru Just Sold for a Jaw-Dropping $312,555. Here’s Why.

Pay enough attention to car auctions and you’ll find it’s common to see vehicles selling for $300,000 and up. What is rare, though, is when one of those cars is a Subaru.

A 1998 Impreza 22B STI with over 25,000 miles on the odometer sold for a jaw-dropping $312,555 through Bring a Trailer on Monday. Why so much money for a 23-year-old compact? Because the coupé is viewed by many as the ultimate Subaru.

Revered by rally racing fans the world over, the 22B is a super rare homologation special built to celebrate the Japanese automaker’s 40th anniversary and its third consecutive World Rally Championship title. It’s basically a street-legal version of the Impreza that participated in the racing series—but it comes loaded with a number of body and performance add-ons as standard features.

1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STI 

Bring a Trailer

Subaru only built 400 22Bs and outfitted each with a wide-body kit, giant adjustable rear wing and 17-inch gold-painted BBS alloy wheels, according to the listing. Underneath the pint-sized two-door’s hood, you’ll find a 2.2-liter turbocharged flat-four mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Although it’s far from the biggest mill, it was still capable of producing a robust 280 horses, which was more than enough for late racing legend Colin McRae. Other upgrades include all-wheel drive (naturally), an electronically locking center differential, red-finished STI brake calipers and a ProDrive-tuned suspension. This particular example, number 156, is also finished in World Rally Blue and features a matching two-tone interior with an air conditioning system.
This 22B began its life in Japan—it’s a right-hand drive vehicle—but was eventually imported to the US under the Show or Display exemption law. Despite having so many miles on it, it appears to be in wonderful condition and comes with full documentation. It’s not in complete factory condition, of course, as its timing belt, water pump and 235/40 Dunlop Direzza ZII tires are brand new.

Inside the Impreza 22B STI 

Bring a Trailer

It’s still unclear, but Monday’s sale may make this 22B the world’s most expensive Subaru, reports Road & Track. Another World Rally Blue example with just 271 miles on the odometer was listed for $370,000 in the UK last year, but it’s unclear if it ever sold. The only confirmed sale that approaches this is an Impreza WRC car actually driven by McRae that sold for $300,000 in 2017.

Any way you look at it, though, nostalgia is a powerful thing, for car collectors and racing fans alike.

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