The Red Bull Global Rallycross double header in Los Angeles was sponsored by Subaru Tecnica International, and they didn’t just bring two extra in drivers to compete – they brought a whole bunch of rally cars for fans to get close enough to touch.
David Higgins’ 2015 Subaru WRX STI Rally Car is currently a legend-in-the-making. Higgins – along with co-driver Craig Drew – has been winning every Rally America National Championship this year with a blistering pace, leaving competitors such as Ken Block and Subaru Rally Team USA teammate Travis Pastrana in the proverbial dust. The Open Class rally car is kitted out with RECARO SPA proRacer seats, a kevlar fuel cell, and other performance modifications by partner Vermont SportsCar. (To see more of this car in action, check out STPR and NEFR coverage here on the TheGarageBlog.) Higgins also competed in the LA double header with the Subaru team.
Mark Higgins set a new lap record of 19.26 minutes on the Isle of Man’s 47-mile TT course in 2014 in a U.S.-spec 2015 WRX STI with the three-legged IOM emblem on the side. This broke his own former record of 115.36 set in a 2010 WRX STI. Mark, incidentally, is Dave Higgins’ brother.
From 2006-2007, Travis Pastrana and Ken Block both competed in rallies in this 2006 WRX STI, Pastrana besting Block and Colin McRae in the 2006 Summer X Games in this car.
While the livery looks a lot like that of the Subaru driven to victory by Richard Burns 2001, this 1999 WRC99 Impreza has actually never been run in a rally. It was a gift to Burns after placing third on the podium and winning the driver title in the 2001 World Rally Championship with co-driver Robert Reid, winning over Colin McRae (then driving for Ford) and Tommi Mäkinen. He was the first Englishman to win the title. Burns succumbed to brain cancer in 2005.
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