Subaru Wants to Set a Nurburgring Record

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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