Subaru STI Celebrates 30 Years! On April 2, 1988, Subaru introduced Subaru Tecnica International (STI), which is the championship-winning motorsports subsidiary of the Subaru corporation. STI develops high-performance Subaru parts and vehicles and offered the WRX STI model starting in 2004. Over the past 30 years, STI has taken Subaru to three World Rally Championships, 47 WRC overall wins, and four class wins in Germany’s 24-Hours Nürburgring.
Subaru’s racing interests date back to 1972, when a Leone model competed in Australia’s Southern Cross Rally. By 1980, Subaru had made history with the first four-wheel drive car entered in the World Rally Championship. Under STI founder and president Ryuichiro Kuze, Subaru’s STI built its first car, the Subaru Legacy RS RA, in 1989. In January 1989, the Subaru Legacy Turbo broke the FIA World Speed Endurance Record for 100,000km and drove over 20 days and 62,000 miles on a track in Arizona with an impressive average speed of 138 mph.
Subaru has come a long way since then. In July 2017, Subaru made history by setting the lab record for sedans at 6:57.5 at the Nurburgring Nordsschleife with a WRX STI Type RA NBR. To commemorate this feat, Subaru released a limited-production 2018 WRX STI Type RA.
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