Here is something that should get the Subaru loyal out there jumping up and down. MarketWatch.com just noted that the prototype for the new 2011 Subaru WRX STI just lapped the Nurburgring in a scant time of 7:55. Ladies and gentleman, that is bookin’. The video here is very impressive and it proves that Subaru has the ability to produce a world class sports car. The problem however is that this car is a prototype and apparently had a few major upgrades over the soon-to-be released production model such as some lightweight aluminum parts as well as a larger turbocharger that is normally found on the Japanese R205 Subaru. I’m not taking anything away from Subaru for this, but just understand that this is not a stock car, but a modified Subaru being driven by one of the best drivers on earth, four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen. The previous record for a Subaru was set back in 2004 with another Subaru WRX STI at a time of 7:59.41.
Tommi Makinen stated: ‘the car was controllable, with precise and faithful handling, even on tricky corners. I could easily predict the car’s behavior. This is exactly what Subaru is offering: confidence.’
Subaru is definitely staying true to their philosophy of building drivers’ cars that provide driving confidence and excitement by utilizing a wonderful combination of engineering and all-wheel drive.