Did The Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Smash The Nurburgring Lap Record?


Subaru is definitely up to something.

Now that it’s been confirmed the so-called Subaru BRZ STI is really the WRX STI Type RA, the question we’re now asking is what are the automaker’s intentions? Will the WRX STI Type RA actually have some teeth, or will be cool in name only? Our bet is on the former, partially taking into account that RA stands for "Record Attempt." For any non-WRX fans, the Type RA first appeared back in 1993 on a limited run Japanese-market WRX and, like the upcoming reincarnated version, was both lighter and more performance focused than the regular WRX.

Just as Subaru revealed the new WRX STI Type RA’s existence, it also released a new video. The obviously not for production WRX Type RA NBR Special (NBR, in all likelihood, refers to the Nurburgring) is shown doing some test laps at Silverstone ahead of doing the same at the Nurburgring.

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Is Subaru hinting at a new four-door Nurburgring record here, effectively winning the title from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s 7:32 lap time? Possibly. Is the WRX STI Type RA the street legal version of the Type RA NBR? Also very possibly. We’re just waiting for Subaru to make the official announcement. Stay tuned.