Subaru is going to premiere its WRX STI rallycross car at the New York Auto Show tomorrow after a year of secret development. The rally team will compete with this car in the Red Bull Global and X Games Rallycross. Besides its sporting name, this vehicle is actually dubbed VT15x and is based on the popular STI. The technicians at Subaru joined forces for its development with Vermont SportsCar and have finished the racer in four long years. So the expectations on this car are very, very high.
As the technicians even say, this VT15x is not only an evolution of Subaru's STI, but a revolution in terms of technology and development. Carrying Bucky Lasek's livery, the model is powered by the 2.0L Boxer engine which produces 580 hp (426 kW) and is mated to a six-speed SADEV sequential gearbox that drives all four wheels. Believe it or not, this car is capable of 0-60 mph acceleration time in just 2 seconds.
Other spectacular features are the specific rallycross widebody and the racing wheels delivered by METHOD. When compared to the previous generation mode which was driven last year, this one is definitely better.
First of all it has optimized weight. Then, its center of gravity is balanced, while the suspension geometry improved. Handling was also made better thanks to the advanced aerodynamics. And all changes meet the GRC and FIA Rallycross homologation standards.
Subaru Rally Team USA will start competing in this year's season on 31st of May in the Red Bull Global Rallycross that takes place in Florida, and then on 5th of June it will opt for the first place in the X Games in Texas.