2023-11-27 Subaru Rally Team USA Presents 2011 Rally Cars - autoevolution

Subaru Rally Team USA Presents 2011 Rally Cars

Subaru Rally Team USA has more than taken the wraps off (the presentation was done in a dynamic, dramatic mode) the new 2011 Impreza WRX STI rally cars at the Pala Raceway in California.

The team offers full-throttle passenger rides for the members of the motoring media that were present during practice sessions for the ESPN Summer C Games 16 (the event will take place at the Los Angeles Coliseum on July 31). The show included Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra and the new teammate, European Ralycross Champion Steve Isachsen.

The project debuted with a stock 2011 Subaru Impreza WRS STI. The team’s technical partner, Vermont SportsCar started palying with the car. The interior was stripped bare, the shell lightened and fully seam welded for added strength (it also received a T45 steel multipoint roll cage).

The car was fitted with a competition Kevlar fuel cell, carbon/Kevlar RECARO seats, a custom dash, carbon fiber interior door panels and an onboard Fire Suppression System.

The vehicle received a long list of tech mods: heavy-duty rally dampers, engine tweaks that push the 2.0 liter supercharged unit to 500 hp and 560 lb-ft f torque, a new clutch and extra features like launch control, a turbo anti-lag system and a hydraulic handbrake.

The rally vehicle was also fitted with a 5-speed, close-ratio dog-engagement gearbox (it allows the drivers to shift without releasing the clutch) and a driver controlled center differential (DDCD) - this is similar to the stock one, but uses a racing ECU.

The exterior of the car has remained close to the stock form, receiving mud flaps, an aluminum skid palte, roof-mounted carbon fiber air scoops, a larger vertically slotted wing and auxiliary HID lights.

The SRT USA will again compete in the Rally Car competition, which they have won 9 out of the 13 possible medals in the past 4 years. The event features two rally cars at a time running on a stadium based parallel course.  New for this year X Games will debut SuperRally, which is based on the European Rallycross.  SuperRally features direct head-to-head competition with four cars at a time on a tight dirt course within the massive LA Coliseum, in downtown Los Angeles,” stated the press release.
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