Jason from Engineering Explained sits in the passenger seat for this ride along.
He's accompanied by David Higgins (yes, brother of the also crazy-talented Mark) and the pair are set to explore a lap of the Global Rallycross Los Angeles course. The car here is a Subaru racing machine that's capable of bending physics to its whims and needs.
Under the hood is a 2.0-liter inline-4 that's fed by a turbocharger delivering massive boost. It's a setup that's good for 580 horsepower and 665 pound-feet of torque. Since the car doesn't weigh much and it also has an all-wheel-drive system and perfectly paired BFGoodrich RC02 tires, it can blast from 0-60 mph in a neck-snapping 1.9 seconds. A 6-speed sequential gearbox controls the action. It also sounds great in this video thanks to the whine of the straight-cut gears.
This is a car that can handle the tarmac and the gravel and dirt, and it also needs to be able to take on huge jumps. There's a whole lot going on with the suspension of your average GRC race car. You need a nice soft rebound for when the car comes back down to Earth, but you also need stiff compression so it flies right when it leaves the lip of the jump.
Now it's time to hop in to the car so go ahead and hit that play button.