It looks ready to shred some tires.
It might be more than a year until we see the next-generation Subaru WRX, but the Japanese automaker just gave us something cool to sink our teeth into until we can finally buy its new sports sedan. Subaru of America revealed what it is calling the most outrageous WRX STI ever. Loosely based on the 2020 Subaru WRX STI, this custom creation will appear in the next installment of Hoonigan's Gymkhana video series, driven by Subaru Motorsports USA driver, Travis Pastrana.
Back in May, Hoonigan announced that the Gymkhana series would go on without Ken Block, with Pastrana replacing him as the lead driver. For the upcoming installment, Hoonigan tasked Subaru with building a car that no other Gymkhana car has ever been asked to do, taking advantage of Pastrana's decades of experience in rallying, rallycross, supercross, freestyle motocross, NASCAR, and stunt driving.
You can tell Subaru went mad with the raw carbon body, including an insanely aggressive and wind tunnel-tested aero package. Even with those insane fender flares, the body still can't contain what's under the hood: a custom-built Boxer engine from Subaru. The hood features a massive cutout, including an exhaust where the STI can shoot flames. Subaru also installed a long-travel suspension and a race-ready interior built to Pastrana's individual specifications.
We've reached out to Subaru and Hoonigan to find out exactly how much power this insane creation produces, and will update the story if we hear back. No matter what, you can expect some smokey, tire-shredding antics.
"This STI is unbelievable!" said Pastrana. "We've never had the opportunity to do this before, to build a car with no restrictions. Engine, suspension, aero - everything is unlimited, clean sheet. It's crazy fast, easy to control and get sideways, and it was perfect out of the box in testing. Gymkhana is a new challenge for me, but I want to raise the bar, and this is the car to do it."
"When we brought Subaru back to Gymkhana, we knew we had to build something outrageous," said William Stokes, Motorsports Manager, Subaru of America. "Travis always wants to push the limits, so we knew from the outset we weren't going to do this with a rally or rallycross car. This was an opportunity for us to redefine what an STI could be, and the results speak for themselves."