Subaru has announced that the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special set a new lap record for a four-door sedan at the 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife track, with a time of six minutes and 57.5 seconds.
The Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special lapped the track faster than any other sedan.
The Subaru WRX STI Type RA Special, isn’t just any regular WRX STI. The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special is a custom built race car built by Prodrive, that’s based on a stock 2017 WRX STI with a full roll cage welded into the standard WRX STI unibody. It has a modified 2.0-liter boxer engine that uses a 75-mm intake, while the turbo runs at 25 psi of boost. The 2.0L engine generates more than 600 horsepower and is mated to a WRC transmission with an automatic clutch. The Subaru WRX STI Type RA Special is capable of reaching speeds up to 179 mph on the ‘Ring. It also rides on 9-inch-wide slick tires.
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.
According to Subaru, the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special was designed to show the capabilities of the Subaru sedan and all-wheel drive.
Subaru Product Communications manager Dominick Infante commented: “We brought the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special here to set a record and call attention to the WRX STI Type RA that we will launch later this year. The WRX STI Type RA promises a great deal, with improved performance and styling and even better handling dynamics than the current car.”