The crazy world of Nurburgring records – imagine that, you go there, you prepare for months, have the run and before you can announce your official results somebody else comes with an even better time.
This is what happened with Subaru’s incredibly fast WRX STI Type RA NBR that last year lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in under seven minutes – but by the time they came out with the announcement there were already others lined up for the quickest production car lap course record (Lambo’s Huracan Performante, then the Nio EP9, then the McLaren P1 LM). Never mind that, because they’re Japanese, Subaru isn’t afraid of letting us know about their efforts – even if they were bested in the meantime. And now we have the real deal – a full lap, recorded directly from inside the belly of the beast, the high-performance sedan’s cockpit.
This is a follow up from the initial short mix of track footage and in-car action, and Subie is seasoning it with a new behind-the-scenes video that has it all – the car, the build and the preparation for the Nurburgring record attempt. The entire experience – with driver Richie Stanaway at the wheel – has led to a record time around the Nordschleife of 6 minutes and 57 seconds. Of course, Subaru is also letting you buy a WRX STI Type RA – though it’s far off from the record-setting machine. You still get 310 horsepower (down from 600), a reworked suspension, 19-inch BBS wheels, and carbon fiber here and there as part of the weight saving treatment.