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The other star of the Subaru booth is decidedly less ostentatious than Travis Pastrana’s hillclimb special, but has an equally impressive motorsports pedigree.
This STi was driven by legendary rally driver Tommi Makinen, who set a production sedan record of 7:55 around Germany’s famed Nurburgring course. While not everyone agrees that Nurburgring times matter all that much, it’s nice to see a bit of Subaru history brought to SEMA.
Gallery: Subaru Impreza STI Nurburgring
Subaru has announced its lineup of booth cars for the 2010 SEMA Show, with center stage going to the record setting ‘Fastest STI Ever.’ Back in June Subaru announced that this test mule for the new 2011 WRX STI lapped the Nürburgring in just 7:55 – a total of 4 seconds faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (despite having almost half the horsepower). It didn’t hurt that the car was piloted by Tommi Makinen either.
Debuting alongside the Fastest STI will be a host of other STIs, including Travis Pastrana’s Mount Washington record setting STI race car, two tuner cars (one by Kicker Audio and one by K&N Performance), and an official in-house project car: the Get More G’s Subaru Performance Tuning WRX STI 2010.
Joining this lineup will be Jamarri Whiteside’s 2006 WRX STI. Who’s Jamarri Whiteside? Well, his WRX won Best of Show at Subiefest this year.
Subaru will also be holding an autograph session with SRT USA drivers Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra, plus four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen will also be in attendance.
GALLERY: Fastest STI Ever
GALLERY: Travis Pastrana’s Mount Washinton Record Setting STI
Official release after the jump:
According to a recent report by Car & Driver, the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI sedan is three years late to the party for a number of reasons. Initially, Subaru decided to focus its efforts on the hatchback body style for the current generation STI because of advantages this body shape would provide their WRC rally cars (eg. shorter rear overhang, making it easier to slide sidways through tight spaces).
When Subaru abruptly ended its factory-backed WRC program in 2008, dealerships were left with a 5-door hatchback body style that wasn’t able to win buyers with a link to the car’s appearance in the WRC. This opened the door for Subaru to begin developing a 4-door sedan version, a body shape STI buyers have long associated with this ultimate Subaru thanks to the WRC success of drivers like Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Peter Solberg. We’ve always loved hot hatches, but we have to admit that the STI just looks “right” with a sedan trunk and a big obnoxious wing mounted on it.
Returning to the sedan body style offers more than just improved looks though. Subaru claims the sedan has 5 percent less drag than the hatchback, allowing it to reach a higher top speed. Subaru says the sedan should be marginally lighter than the hatch, too.
Interestingly, Subaru hired 4-time WRC Champion Tommi Makinen to test drive the new STI sedan around the Nurburgring, despite his championships all coming with rival Mitsubishi. Nevertheless, the combination of a rally racing legend and the new STI sedan made for the fastest Ring lap time ever recorded by a factory-stock STI. For a little history on the STI’s development at the Ring and an in-depth look at the new STI sedan, check out the video after the jump.
GALLERY: 2011 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Nurburgring Record
[Source: Car & Driver]
Many, many people were injured in the making of this film
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As a people the Finns love Rally car racing. They love watching it (especially when they’re watching famous native drivers like Marcus Grönholm or Tommi Mäkinen) and they love to get involved. They particularly like to drive… and crash. The above YouTube video compilation is made up entirely of Finnish rally car drivers slamming into pretty much anything from rocks, to trees and getting a lot of air in the process.
And the best part is, unlike every other such video on YouTube, there’s no Linkin Park soundtrack – just the sound of crushing metal.
Many, many people were harmed in the making of this video.