Following a failed attempt earlier this year, Subaru has finally managed to set a new Nürburgring lap record for a four-door sedan.
The record breaking attempt was made in the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special race car and the model was able to lap the Nordschleife in 6:57.5 minutes. Video from the event will be released shortly but the company says the record was achieved using Nürburgring timing equipment and was verified by track officials.
While the record is impressive, the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special is far from a production model. It was specially built by Prodrive and is powered by a modified 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces more than 600 hp (447 kW).
According to Subaru Product Communications manager Dominick Infante, “We brought the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special here to set a record and call attention to the WRX STI Type RA that we will launch later this year. The WRX STI Type RA promises a great deal, with improved performance and styling and even better handling dynamics than the current car.”
The two cars have little in common but the WRX STI Type RA boasts a carbon fiber roof, a carbon fiber rear wing, and 19-inch BBS wheels with Yokohama Advan Sports tires. The model also has a retuned suspension, Brembo brakes, and Recaro front seats.
Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer engine that produces and estimated 310 hp (231 kW). It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter.