Its first rally is on 25 and 26 August.
11 Aug 2023 also 13:08 ET
Subaru unveiled its new rally car as it competes in the American Rally Association Championship on August 2. The machine will not go on a competitive tour until the Ojibwe Forests Rally on August 25 and 26. development process.
The video begins with Subaru battling in the ARA Championship in 2022. At this point, the team was in fierce competition with Ken Block and had aero tweaks to the WRX to close the gap. The team had been using this chassis since 2015.
Gallery: 2024 Subaru WRX Rally Car
Developing the new WRX rally car is a challenge because ARA is changing the rules to make competition more affordable for teams. However, the exact nature of these revisions is not clear when Vermont SportsCar began developing the vehicle. Building a competition machine is difficult when regulations are still volatile.
The creation process begins with taking the 2023 WRX and reducing it to a completely bare chassis. The team even removes the roof panel and part of the back floor. The next step is to design the safety cage.
The first announcement of the race car shows that it uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine with a 33-millimeter limiter plate and 22 psi boost limit. The power plant produces 320 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Available in showrooms, the WRX features a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer producing 271 hp and 258 lb-ft.
The rally car is equipped with a SADEV six-speed sequential gearbox. The road-legal machine comes with a six-speed manual or a CVT that the automaker calls Subaru Performance Transmission.
The new WRX rally car features a carbon fiber wide body kit and has additional hood vents compared to the road-going car. It has a long wing on the back. Inside there are FIA compliant somersault cages and seats that support the HANS device.
Driver Brandon Semenuk and co-driver Keaton Williams will race a WRX rally car at the Ojibwe Forests Rally. Travis Pastrana will race a second car in the ARA season.
The 2023 WRX starts at $31,625 after a $1,020 destination fee. The premium class costs $34,125. The Limited is $38,515 and the best-in-class GT is $44,415.
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