Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR conquers 'Ring in under 7 minutes

The fastest four-door to do so
by Vijay Pattni | Jul 26, 2017
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Remember the lightly nutty Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR we showed you a while back? Subaru tells us the much suffixed STI has set a lap around the Nürburgring in just 6:57.5, making it the fastest four-door to have done so.

In the world of Nürburgring lap times—shadier than a Frank Miller graphic novel—that pegs it at just half a second slower than a Porsche 918 Spyder. Which is a bona fide hypercar featuring much power at its disposal.

It’s also comfortably quicker than the Lamborghini Aventador SV nutjob (6:59). We’re told the time was achieved "using the Nürburgring timing equipment and was officially verified by track officials." 

Still, not bad for a modified four-door sedan. The clue’s in the mouthful of a name, really. The Type RA bit stands for 'Record Attempt’—the sole reason for this car’s existence. We assume the NBR means, well, the Nürburgring.

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For such an attempt, you won’t be surprised to learn this little Scooby went to market and came back with a lot of rally-infused aggression. And by market, we mean Prodrive, who built the thing. There’s a roll cage and a redesigned aero-pack that includes DRS and enables 295kg of downforce—the only currency super sedans and supercars trade in these days.

Then there’s the engine. It’s a modified 2.0-liter turbo boxer, featuring a 75mm intake, 25 PSI of turbo boost, and a modified WRC gearbox with paddle shifters (20ms fast) running through all-wheel-drive. The net result is in excess of 600hp. Not bad. Not bad at all.

"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," explains Subaru communications manager Dominick Infante. Ah yes, there’ll be a production-spec WRX STI Type RA available to purchase, with actual money, later on in the year.

Sadly, that road-car does without the 600hp of this NBR Special, instead producing somewhere around the 310hp mark. Should still be a riot though.


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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

 

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