Sunday, June 4, 2017

Nürburgring Monsoon: Subaru WRX STi Record Attempt on the Nordschleife

I have always given a lot of credit to car companies for making niche products. You know, the ones us car people love even though they are only marginally helpful to the companies’ bottom lines. Subaru’s WRX STi is one example. I had never driven an STi until now, though I am well familiar with the “Fast and Furious” movies, which of course means I know exactly how an STi functions in the real world, no?

I looked forward to this trip to Germany for a couple of reasons. I would get to see a record attempt by pro road-racer Richie Stanaway to break 7 minutes for a lap of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife (the original North Loop). This is the same, more-than-well-known 12.5-mile track manufacturers use for their “marketing” record runs. Stanaway was scheduled to drive a Subaru WRX STi race car developed and prepared by Prodrive out of Banbury, England, a company famous for its exploits in the World Rally Championship with Subaru several years ago.

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