They are calling it the The Fastest WRX STI Ever. Subaru brought 4 time World Rally champion Tommi Makinen to the Nurburgring in a effort to show how much they’ve improved the breed in the past 10 years.
Political correctness aside, you just know they were gunning for a production car record.
While they’ve fallen 33 seconds short of the current Viper record and 29 seconds short of Corvette and GT-R, the 7:55 time that Makinen set is actually in line with a Caterham R500 Superlight and a Ferrari F430. That is some pretty darned impressive company, especially when you consider the difference between something race bred like the Caterham and a 4 door sedan.
Not to belittle the all conquering talents of Rally God Makinen, but it would be interesting to see how much a Ring Master like Hans Stuck could shave off that time.
Sit back and enjoy a full lap in car with Tommi Makinen.
Subaru press release
Tokyo, June 9, 2010 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today
released footage covering an advanced research and development project carried out at the NÃƒÂ¼rburgringÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
racetrack in Germany, using a 2011MY Subaru WRX STI 4-door (sedan) test vehicle. Subaru has been using
the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s toughest Nordschleife course since 1992 for advanced R & D as well as tests of the WRX and
WRX STI models. The movie uploaded on the Subaru Global Site http://www.subaru-global.com/home.html
features this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s challenge. It is presented as a highlight of SubaruÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s persistent effort to stretch vehicle
performance to unprecedented levels.
The concept of the 2011MY WRX STI is Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Fastest WRX STI EverÃ¢â‚¬Â. At Subaru, the phrase Ã¢â‚¬Å“FastestÃ¢â‚¬Â refers
to more than just top speed or maximum engine output. It implies driving with confidence. The WRX STI can
only be taken to its Ã¢â‚¬Å“fastest everÃ¢â‚¬Â performance when it provides the driver with total driving control with
confidence. Major upgrades to the 2011MY WRX STI focused on the chassis and suspension set-up. Tests at
the NÃƒÂ¼rburgring demonstrated the supreme overall dynamics and linear behavior. Tommi MÃƒÂ¤kinen, the
legendary four-time World Rally Champion, piloted the test vehicle for the challenge. He commented, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car
was controllable with precise and faithful handling even on tricky corners. I could easily predict the carÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
behavior. That is exactly what Subaru is offering, confidenceÃ¢â‚¬Â. As a result, the 2011MY WRX STI test vehicle
recorded 7Ã¢â‚¬â„¢55Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢00, SubaruÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fastest lap time ever, which is 4 seconds faster than the previous fastest time
recorded in 2004. The 2011MY WRX STI 4-door will go on sale world-wide from this summer. Upgrades to
the 4-door version will be carried over to the 5-door (hatchback) model.