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Watch Subaru set a new four-door sedan record at the Nurburgring

Watch Subaru set a new four-do...
Subaru has set a new lap record for four-door sedans at the Nurburgring 
Subaru has set a new lap record for four-door sedans at the Nurburgring 
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Subaru and Prodrive built the STI Special specifically for lap record attempts
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Subaru and Prodrive built the STI Special specifically for lap record attempts
The special WRX STI is given a thorough working over before its lap record attempt 
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The special WRX STI is given a thorough working over before its lap record attempt 
Under the hood of the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special 
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Under the hood of the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special 
Subaru has already taken the hotted-up WRX STI to the Isle of Man, now it has a record at the Nurburgring 
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Subaru has already taken the hotted-up WRX STI to the Isle of Man, now it has a record at the Nurburgring 
The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special takes on the Green Hell 
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The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special takes on the Green Hell 
Subaru has been running around the world in search of new records to break, and arrived at the Nurburgring 
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Subaru has been running around the world in search of new records to break, and arrived at the Nurburgring 
Although it looks semi-production ready, the NBR Special is a race car underneath
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Although it looks semi-production ready, the NBR Special is a race car underneath
Subaru has totally reworked the WRX STI for its lap record attempt
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Subaru has totally reworked the WRX STI for its lap record attempt
Subaru takes on the Nurburgring 
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Subaru takes on the Nurburgring 
Subaru has set a new lap record for four-door sedans at the Nurburgring 
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Subaru has set a new lap record for four-door sedans at the Nurburgring 
That massive rear wing has an F1-style DRS system 
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That massive rear wing has an F1-style DRS system 
Although it has four doors, you won't be driving the kids to school in the NBR 
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Although it has four doors, you won't be driving the kids to school in the NBR 
The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special has a carbon fiber roof
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The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special has a carbon fiber roof
The massive rear splitter on the NBR Special helps create 600 lb of downforce at top speed 
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The massive rear splitter on the NBR Special helps create 600 lb of downforce at top speed 
The NBR hammers up the hill at the Nordschleife
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The NBR hammers up the hill at the Nordschleife
Subaru has set a new record for four door sedans at the Nurburgring Nordschleife
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Subaru has set a new record for four door sedans at the Nurburgring Nordschleife
The NBR Special with a lap board celebrating its achievement 
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The NBR Special with a lap board celebrating its achievement 
The Subaru and Prodrive teams with the car
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The Subaru and Prodrive teams with the car
The successful STI celebrates 
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The successful STI celebrates 
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With more than 73 hair-raising turns snaking through the Eifel Forest, the Nurburgring Nordschleife is the perfect place to prove your sports car is the real deal. Subaru has taken up the challenge in a modded WRX STI, toppling the lap record for four-door sedans with the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special – and becoming the first four-door to dip below seven minutes in the process.

This isn't the first time Subaru has rolled the (deep breath) WRX STI Type RA NBR Special (and exhale) out. It's a special edition time attack car, created specifically to set records at some of the most gruelling tracks in world motorsport. The car set a new four-wheeled record around the Isle of Man, and stormed up the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Although it looks vaguely like a production WRX STI on the outside, the Type RA NBR is actually a purpose-built time attack car, put together by the motorsport specialists at Prodrive. Power comes from a World Rally Championship-spec engine making 600 hp (447 kW) at 8,500 rpm. It's hooked up to a hydraulic WRC gearbox with paddle shifters, good for 20 millisecond gearshifts.

The NBR Special with a lap board celebrating its achievement 
The NBR Special with a lap board celebrating its achievement 

The motorsport madness continues with a full aerodynamics kit, complete with F1-style DRS system. It makes 650 lb (295 kg) of downforce at top speed, but the driver is able to open a flap on the rear wing to cut drag on long straights. Just to be clear, the production car absolutely does not do that.

Piloted by Richie Stanaway, the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 6:57.5. Check out a cut of the lap in the video below.

Source: Subaru

Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special Record Nurburgring Lap

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1 comment
seand_l
Extremely impressive given the company of cars under the 7min marker... HOWEVER, I'd like to see what Sebastian Loeb would have to say, given his record run up Pikes Peak with his Puegot? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZlcRezBFXA