Subaru’s motorsport activities in 2013 will center on three main competitions, with once again the sporty BRZ and Impreza WRX STI representing the automaker in its endeavors.
The three competitions include the Super GT touring car series, the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race, and international rallying.
For Super GT, Subaru will once again be using a racing version of its popular BRZ sports car, which will compete in the GT300 class for cars with output limited to 300 metric horsepower.
The latest race car has been built by STI under the supervision of Hideharu Tatsumi. However, as in previous years, the team will be operated in conjunction with Subaru’s R&D operation, led by Shinji Motojima.
Developments learned from racing will help further enhance Subaru’s production models, including the highly anticipated BRZ STI model due out later this year.
According to our latest information, the car won’t feature any forced induction just yet, though Subaru is investigating the use of turbochargers on the BRZ for future models.
2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI N24 race car
Improvements over last year’s car include a lowered center of gravity and new aerodynamics. Like last year, Hideharu Tatsumi will take the helm of team operations as team manager, in addition to the development of the car.
Finally, Subaru’s rallying efforts will center on FIA-sanctioned events such as the World Rally Championship 2 feeder series and the European Rally Championship. Unfortunately, Subaru has no plans to return to the top World Rally Championship series just yet, an event it once dominated, despite other major manufacturers such as Volkswagen and Hyundai committing to the sport in recent times.