Hear the acronym “STI” and unless it’s coming from your general practitioner, you’re almost certain to conjure up images of massive spoilers, blue paint and a monstrous boxer engine burble.
Subaru took the wraps off a meaner STI version of the BRZ sports car – and while it’s only a concept at this stage, Subaru says it signifies a greater plan for the revival and expansion of the Subaru Tecnica International performance division.
“We know from our racing that to win, it is important not only to have high power, but also that all aspects of performance are balanced over the whole car,” said Yoshio Hirakawa, President of Subaru Tecnica International. “When we achieve this balance, the driver feels that the car is easy to handle and reliable, and he can use it fully to the limits of its performance. Our plan is to produce cars and accessories that drivers can really enjoy.”
Under the skin, the concept packs the same racing engine from the BRZ Super GT racing car. It also took the suspension, chassis components and aerodynamic upgrades. As Mr. Hirakawa hinted, the car is a good indication of the accessories catalogue buyers could be able to pick from – but here’s hoping that a holistically-tuned production STI version is available at some point.
STI was founded as Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries’ motor sports division in 1988. In 1989, a first-generation Subaru Legacy, tuned by STI, broke the FIA-certified world speed record over 100,000 kilometres. From there, STI moved on to the World Rally Championship, winning three constructors championships and three driver championships for Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg. It currently competes in the Nurburgring 24 Hour Challenge race winning its class two times in 2011 and 2012 and also in the Super GT series with its BRZ-based Super GT.