The Beauty of All-Wheel Drive just turned into the beast.
Subaru’s old slogan is a reminder of what has made them so popular among daily commuters and enthusiasts the world over: an all-wheel-drive system that is capable and dependable. And for decades now, the brand has been putting that all-wheel drive to the test in the motorsport and rally world through STI, which gave us the beloved WRX STI performance sedan which proves itself on and off the tarmac.
Now, STI is taking performance to an entirely new level with an electric concept car, fittingly called the “STI E-RA Concept.” This charged-up race car is said to possess over 1000 horsepower, and STI says that that power is going to be put on the road through four Yamaha motors with four-wheel torque vectoring in a proprietary system.
What “E-RA” stands for is something that makes this venture even more exciting. Electric-Record-Attempt, the full meaning of the acronym, alludes to the fact that STI’s first goal for the car is to complete the Nürburgring in a shocking 6 minutes and 40 seconds in 2023. As they start at home in Japan in 2022 with driving experiments, the success of the E-RA could change the course of history for Subaru, STI, and motorsport as a whole.