Subaru ‘Boxer Sports Car Architecture’ teased ahead of 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2011

Subaru released today the first teaser image of the so-called “Boxer Sports Car Architecture”, a new technology exhibit initially referred to as "Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept". According to the manufacturer, we will not see any new concept showing a preview of the upcoming Subaru sports car, currently found under joint development with Toyota Motor Corporation.

Furthermore, the new platform also shows how the next cars from Subaru will use the technology, built around the Horizontally-opposed Subaru Boxer engine.

Toyota Motor Corporation has now come to an agreement with Subaru to develop the Rear-Wheel Drive and include it in the latter’s new generation sports car, aiming to provide more customers with the pleasure of driving. It delivers a higher level of driving excitement coupled with distinctive crisp handling, owing to its “front-wheel-drive layout”, much lowered center of gravity as well as its compact, lightweight body plus short wheel base.

This will be the only front-wheel-drive sports car with a Boxer engine across the globe that uses the expertise of both companies to its advantage: Subaru with its horizontally-opposed boxer engine with performance car technologies and Toyota with its RWD technologies. The new car is based on the engineering philosophy of both companies.

Subaru is known for its engineering excellence, which gives pleasure and peace of mind to its loyal clientele. This was used in developing the car. The company’s concept of a front-wheel drive layout was first used in the Subaru P-1. In addition, the company also made use of the expertise gained from building the first prototype passenger car, the Subaru XT, and the fully-fledged coupe model Subaru XT.

The manufacture of the Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car as the company’s first mass-produced front-wheel-drive model, is expected to take place in spring 2012 at its production plant in Japan.

Subaru Philosophy and Development of a Rear-Wheel Drive Model

When Subaru began to build cars, it has always aimed to provide customers with pleasure and peace of mind. The company’s philosophy of development lies at the heart of all the models produced, reassuring customers of “confidence while driving”. With a consistent way of dealing with the development of cars, Subaru has delivered a number of unique, innovative products to meet the needs of clients at any point in time, including cars with front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains.

In 1954, Subaru developed its first prototype passenger car, the Subaru P-1. To come up with a car that delivered riding comfort, Subaru found out that it needed a lightweight, firm body and it has to be incorporated with an outstanding suspension system.

To accomplish this, the drivetrain and chassis used a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout while the body had a monocoque design -- the first ever in Japan. Dozens of the classic 4-door sedan Subaru P-1 prototype were produced with the power of a 1.5-liter engine. Though the Subaru P-1 never reached the market, it was at the center of the ground-breaking engineering of Subaru.

Among the pioneering features of the Subaru P-1 is a front that comes with an independent wishbone suspension system and a lightweight, rigid body with full monocoque design, developed with the help of aircraft technology from Subaru origins.

The expertise and development ideas that were raised at this time flourished into a variety of pioneering ideas and highly developed technologies that were later used in the development of the Subaru 360, a Japanese mini car for the masses.

These main ideas were also used in the making of the Subaru 1000, the first ever Front-Wheel-Drive model to be powered by the first Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine as well as other All-Wheel-Drive models used as the foundation for passenger cars. Up to this day, these concepts are being developed uninterrupted with the later development of the new unique crossover models.

Press Release

FHI opens Special Site for the 81st Geneva International Motor Show - Teaser Image of

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced the opening of a special website for the 81st Geneva Motor Show (Press day: March 1 and 2; Open to the public from March 3 through 13, 2011). FHI will also release a teaser image of its "BOXER Sports Car Architecture", a technology exhibit initially referred to as "Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept". FHI is setting up this special website with a view to increasing customers'understanding of the philosophy underpinning this unique technology exhibit.

The "BOXER Sports Car Architecture" embodies the technology concept of Subaru's Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car, currently under joint development with Toyota Motor Corporation. It also represents a proposal of Subaru's new platform technology, build around its key component - the Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine.

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