Subaru is aiming to set a Nurburgring record for sedans, but the problem is, this WRX STI Type RA NBR Special is far from a production car.
It’s actually a bit unclear which record Subaru is aiming for, with the Japanese automaker simply saying it wants the “new lap record for a four-door sedan.” Note that Subaru doesn’t have the word “production” in that record title since this is one heavily modified WRX STI that is basically a race car. If it was aiming for the production car record, it would have to beat the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which lapped the ‘Ring in 7:32.
It’s evident that the WRX STI is being modified and tuned to take on the Nurburgring, with massive front and rear diffusers and a huge spoiler to improve aerodynamics. Then there’s the completely gutted race interior showing just how hardcore it is.
Technically, Subaru isn’t really taking home any honors if it bests the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s record at the Nurburgring. It likely has to chase a record from a non-street-legal vehicle, although there aren’t very many sedans on that list. In fact, Subaru holds a 7:55 time for a non-street-legal Subaru WRX STI from 2010.
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