A redesigned Subaru WRX debuted for the 2022 mannequin yr, and Subaru has now launched a rally model.
The brand new WRX rally automotive will make its competitors debut within the American Rally Affiliation (ARA) championship’s Ojibwe Forests Rally operating Aug. 24-25, changing automobiles primarily based on the previous-generation WRX platform.
Present Subaru factory-team driver Brandon Semenuk will drive the quantity 180 automotive with co-driver Keaton Williams, however they’re going to be joined in 2024 by Travis Pastrana, making his return to the ARA sequence after a one-year hiatus.
The WRX rally automotive is constructed by Vermont SportsCar, which additionally constructed earlier generations of WRX rally automobiles for ARA competitors, in addition to Pastrana’s Subaru GL Household Huckster and WRX STI Airslayer gymkhana automobiles. Beginning on the launch of the current-generation WRX within the U.S., the corporate spent 18 months designing and testing the rally automotive for its competitors debut.
2024 Subaru WRX ARA rally automotive
The construct begins with a inventory WRX physique shell that’s absolutely seam welded and fitted with an FIA/USAC-compliant roll cage constructed from T45 metal. The inventory gasoline tank is changed with a 21.6-gallon kevlar gas cell, whereas the driving force and do-driver sit in Sparco racing seats, once more designed to FIA security rules.
The automotive is designed to ARA Open 4WD guidelines, which permit for a big rear wing and widened fenders. These components are made from carbon fiber, and the entire automotive wears Subaru’s conventional rally livery of WR Blue Pearl, with the automaker’s star brand rendered in yellow.
Whereas the WRX street automotive is powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-4, class guidelines mandate a 2.0-liter model with an air restrictor and enhance limiter. Even with this handicap, the race engine makes 320 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. That is 49 hp and 122 lb-ft greater than the street automotive. That energy is shipped to all 4 wheels by a Sadev 6-speed close-ratio transmission. The rally automotive additionally will get modified suspension, with R53 Suspension springs and dampers an crossmembers, hyperlinks, and hubs designed by Vermont SportsCar, managing the motion of 15-inch Yokohama Superior A053 rally tires.
Rallying has by no means been as common within the U.S. as in different nations, however Subaru believes the newest ARA guidelines will appeal to extra competitors and in flip create an upswing in fan curiosity. The automaker additionally sees this as a chance to introduce its well-known blue-and-yellow WRX rally automobiles to a brand new era.