Battle Ready: 2015 Rallycross Subaru STI

DL-VT15-01 Though it’s been kept a big secret the past year, Subaru has finally revealed its secret weapon for its Subaru Rally Team USA efforts: a 2015 WRX STI rallycross car that’ll be used in Red Bull Global Rallycross and X Games Rallycross. Built by Vermont SportsCar, the project – known simply as VT15x – is powered by a 580hp 2.0L Subaru Boxer motor, mated to a 6-speed sequential SADEV gearbox, which can hit 0-60 with the quickness at just two seconds. The chassis has been outfitted with a rallycross-spec widebody kit, METHOD race wheels and is built to meet GRC and FIA Rallycross homologation specifications. DL-VT15-02   The difference between the VT15x and last year’s VT14x are substantial: With this STI, the team took special care in optimizing proper weight balance, center-of-gravity, suspension geometry and aerodynamics for improved handling; the motor was built to not only produce more power but also improve driving response, helping to achieve more speed and launching capability from the get-go. Coming back to aid Subaru Rally Team USA and pilot the VT15x is Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen, joining factory team co-racer, Travis Pastrana at the X games. The car will see its first bout of racing at the Red Bull Global Rallycross on May 31st in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, followed by the X Games on June 5th in Austin, Texas. DL-VT15-03 DL-VT15-04 Attendees of the 2015 New York International Auto Show can see the VT15x in person starting April 3rd through April 12th. For more info on Subaru Rally Team USA, visit: www.subaru.com/enthusiasts/rally.html. (Images: courtesy of Subaru)

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