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Video: Subaru bashes down a bobsled run

Video: Subaru bashes down a bo...
Mark Higgins crashing his way down the bobsled run in St. Moritz
Mark Higgins crashing his way down the bobsled run in St. Moritz
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Subaru and Mark Higgins took on the bobsled run in St. Moritz
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Subaru and Mark Higgins took on the bobsled run in St. Moritz
The WRX before taking on the bobsled run
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The WRX before taking on the bobsled run
Rally driver Mark Higgins piloted the WRX down the run
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Rally driver Mark Higgins piloted the WRX down the run
The WRX STI doesn't make a particularly natural bobsled
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The WRX STI doesn't make a particularly natural bobsled
Higgins and his sled in St. Moritz
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Higgins and his sled in St. Moritz
The WRX STI takes on the bobsled run in St. Moritz
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The WRX STI takes on the bobsled run in St. Moritz
The specially-prepared WRX STI takes on the bobsled run
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The specially-prepared WRX STI takes on the bobsled run
Mark Higgins crashing his way down the bobsled run in St. Moritz
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Mark Higgins crashing his way down the bobsled run in St. Moritz
Mark Higgins causing carnage in St. Moritz
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Mark Higgins causing carnage in St. Moritz
There are few more evocative liveries than Subaru WR Blue and gold wheels
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There are few more evocative liveries than Subaru WR Blue and gold wheels
Mark Higgins prepares to take on the bobsled run
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Mark Higgins prepares to take on the bobsled run
Studded tires are a must when taking on snowy roads. They're also handy for strafing bobsled runs
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Studded tires are a must when taking on snowy roads. They're also handy for strafing bobsled runs
Subaru had plenty of photographers on hand to capture the bobsled run
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Subaru had plenty of photographers on hand to capture the bobsled run
The STI had to be craned into the bobsled run
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The STI had to be craned into the bobsled run
The WRX STI takes on the banking in St. Moritz
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The WRX STI takes on the banking in St. Moritz
Subaru is trying to drum up some love for the WRX STI
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Subaru is trying to drum up some love for the WRX STI
The WRX STI looking a bit worse-for-wear after its bobsled run
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The WRX STI looking a bit worse-for-wear after its bobsled run
Mark Higgins and the battered Subaru
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Mark Higgins and the battered Subaru
Subaru kicks up some snow in St. Moritz
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Subaru kicks up some snow in St. Moritz
The iconic bonnet scoop of the WRX pokes out of the bobsled run in St. Moritz
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The iconic bonnet scoop of the WRX pokes out of the bobsled run in St. Moritz
A look under Mark Higgins' WRX STI before taking on the bobsled run in St. Moritz
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A look under Mark Higgins' WRX STI before taking on the bobsled run in St. Moritz
Studded tires are key when taking on olympic bobsled courses
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Studded tires are key when taking on olympic bobsled courses
Mark Higgins and his battered Subaru
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Mark Higgins and his battered Subaru
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Years of rally success made Subaru a default choice for hoons in the early 2000s, but recent WRX models have struggled to meet (lofty) expectations. To build some hype for the current WRX STI, Subaru sat Mark Higgins in a specially-prepared car and told him to drive down the bobsled run in St. Moritz. As you might imagine, the results make for great viewing.

This isn't the first time Subaru has teamed up with Mark Higgins. The rally driver, who has also spent time as a stunt driver on James Bond films, is the man responsible for the four-wheeled record around the Isle of Man, lapping the fearsome TT track in 17:35.139.

Although this stunt didn't last nearly as long as the Isle of Man lap, it presented a totally different set of challenges. As you can probably tell from the image above, the combination of wide car and narrow bobsled run led a few big crashes, and a bit of time spent on two wheels.

You can check it all out in the video below.

Boxersled! Subaru WRX STI vs an Olympic Bobsled Run

Source: Subaru

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4 comments
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That is clearly not an actual bobsled track.
Grunchy
I think it might actually be a genuine bobsled run! The sign said St. Moritz-Celerina, it seems to check out. What I'd like to see is how bashed up the Subaru is afterward, and what time was achieved - I bet slower than a real bobsled.
Aross
What's the point?
ljaques
If it was so much fun, why didn't they show the abominable condition of the car body after the two runs, eh? Bwahahahahaha!