Subaru in the FIA World Rally Championship
Since 1988, Subaru Corporation has been actively involved in motorsports competition around the world through its division, Subaru Tecnica International (STI). When STI was formed, the initial focus was on the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), partnering with British motorsport specialists Prodrive to form the Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT). This partnership brought Subaru three Manufacturers’ Championships and three Drivers’ Championships, for rally heroes Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg.
Rally competition has created the opportunity to test and develop the core technology that underpins every model in the Subaru fleet. The SUBARU BOXER engine, Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time All-Wheel Drive and the fully independent suspension system—all have been fine-tuned over years of chasing victory in one of the most demanding forms of motorsport in the world.
Subaru in Racing
In addition to competing on gravel, sand, snow and ice, Subaru also has a rich tradition of track-based motorsports. Subaru models have been raced around the world by amateur and professional drivers alike. But, for Subaru Corporation, the main focus has been on two different race series, one based in Japan and the other in Germany.
Subaru at the Nürburgring
Since 1992, Subaru Tecnica International (STI) has used the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany to prove the engineering of our vehicles and to develop technology that inspires driver confidence under all possible conditions.
Nicknamed “the Green Hell” by Sir Jackie Stewart, the Nordschleife (“North Loop”) is the most demanding racetrack in the world, bar none. It’s a 20.832-kilometre stretch of tarmac with 40 right-hand corners, 33 left-hand corners, staggering elevation changes, and stomach-churning jumps and bumps.
As such, it’s the perfect proving ground, particularly for high-performance vehicles.