Hot laps of the Nurburgring never get old, especially when they're done in modified all-wheel-drive turbocharged production cars like the Subaru WRX STI. This video meets all of the above, and adds in the drama of being shot during qualifying for the Nurburgring 24 Hour, which took place this past weekend.
You might remember Subaru releasing a video of a production 2011 WRX STI lapping the 'Ring earlier this year. It turned a time of 7:55--the same as the rumored time for the new F10 2012 BMW M5. That's pretty impressive, but, as usual, the race car in the video below is that much more so.
According to a quick-and-dirty machine translation of the accompanying Japanese text, the driver is Carlo van Dam. The car qualified 6th in ST3 class and 76th overall, with a lap time of 9:30.212. Why so slow? Because the GP racing circuit is included along with the Nordschleife in the 24-hour race, adding 2.831 miles and 12 turns to the Green Hell's 14.2-mile, 160-turn torture.
The team finished 21st overall, turning a fast lap of 9:28.960 during the race, which translates to an average speed of just over 100 mph.