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Subaru may not have a factory backed team in the WRC, but that doesn’t mean that the iconic WRX STI are out of the game for good. The cars’ performance and availability of proven parts have made it popular for grassroots teams and competitions.
The sponsor-heavy X Games has seen an increase in rally’s popularity, especially with Ken Block’s Gymkhana internet videos. Subaru isn’t going to pass up such a big advertisement opportunity and will be supplying the WRX STIs for the new SuperRally event. Previous years the rally portion had cars competing in a timed event. This year’s SuperRally will have more in common with European Rallycross events where multiple cars race wheel-to-wheel.
The Subarus have been built by Vermont SportsCar for competition. Much like their Rallycross counterparts, these WRX STIs are less restricted and the 2.0L turbocharged boxer engines make 500 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. The cars also feature the classic-rally staples like five-speed dog box for clutch-less shifting a hydraulic handbrake for tight low-speed turning and an anti-lag system to keep off-throttle boost up. The active center differential is stock except for a more intense control Of course safety is covered with a roll cage, welded seams, racing seats and harness, and a rally fuel cell.
With so much power at their disposal, get ready for some intense rally action at this year’s X Games