Video footage came out recently of the advanced research and development done by Subaru at the Nurburgring's racetrack in Germany, on the 2011MY Subaru WRX STI 4-door (sedan) test vehicle. Since 1992, Subaru has been using the Nordschleife course for advanced R&D and tests of the WRX and WRX STI models.
This year's development work is what can be seen on the video uploaded on the Subaru Global Site www.subaru-global.com.
The video is the highlight of Subaru's continuing efforts to bring vehicle performance to exceptional levels. Subaru claims that the concept of the 2011MY WRX STI is "The Fastest WRX STI Ever."
Subaru defines the word fastest as more than top speed or maximum engine output but to also imply driving with confidence.
Subaru said that the WRX STI can be brought to its "fastest ever" performance by giving the driver total driving control with confidence. The 2011MY WRX STI got major upgrades focused on the chassis and suspension set-up.
Tests at the Nurburgring prove the supreme overall dynamics and linear behavior of the new STI. Tommi Makinen, the four-time World Rally Champion, was behind the wheel of the test vehicle for the development.
He said that the car was controllable with precise and faithful handling even on tricky corners. He also claims to have an easy time of predicting the car's behavior. Subaru says that this is exactly what it offers: confidence.
The 2011MY WRX STI test vehicle recorded 7'55''00, Subaru's fastest lap time ever, which is 4 seconds quicker than the fastest time recorded in 2004. The 2011MY WRX STI 4-door will start selling globally this summer. Upgrades to the 4-door version will be seen as well on the 5-door model.