Subaru's Fastest WRX Ever

Michael Accardi
by Michael Accardi
Even the wing has winglets.

Subaru is rolling into the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a WRX that’s anything but ordinary.

Dubbed Project Midnight, this machine is all about shedding pounds and adding power. Straight from the mad scientists at Subaru Motorsports USA, Subaru claims it’s the fastest and quickest WRX race car they've ever built.

Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.0-liter flat-four engine ganked from Subaru's rallycross team, it's cranked to a staggering 670 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque and it will spin up to 9,500 rpm. The car's been stripped down to a featherweight 2,469 pounds–nearly 1,000 pounds lighter than your everyday WRX–thanks in part to a new carbon fiber body and traditional motorsports weight reduction initiatives.

It's basically a rally cross car prepped for hill climbs.

The new body bristles with aero upgrades, including extra winglets and a massive front splitter that blends into the wide, aggressive wheel arches. Out back, there's a stupid big wing also lifted from Subaru USA’s rally shop. The whole setup rides on custom-tuned suspension designed for tarmac, with 18-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan slicks.

It's basically a rallycross car converted for hill climb duty. So who better to wheel than rallycross champion and former F1 driver, Scott Speed. “This thing is a monster,” said Speed. “It’s got the rallycross DNA, but those wider tires and the tarmac setup give it a grip and feel that’s out of this world. It’s like driving a mutant—half rallycross, half sports car. Pure joy behind the wheel.” The world will get its first in-person look at Project Midnight on July 11 at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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The engine makes 670 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque and it will spin up to 9,500 rpm
Michael Accardi
Michael Accardi

An experienced automotive storyteller known for engaging and insightful content. Michael also brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience having been part of the Ford GT program at Multimatic and built cars that raced in TCR, IMSA, and IndyCar.

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