The Subaru (Impreza) WRX (STI)

I know that I’m switching the whole idea of a Toyota based website with this post, but I would like to venture into the broader car world and share my thoughts and knowledge of other amazing cars.2017-subaru-wrx-sti_100552403_h.jpg

Above is a picture of a 2017 Subaru WRX STI, and this is a very iconic car for Subaru, as it has been the face of there Rally Racing team for quite some time now. The car started out as the Subaru Impreza WRX and came in the standard model and the STI model, which had more horsepower and more performance parts and luxuries.The Subaru also came in a sedan model and hatchback model, which supported a sporty car while still supporting each driver’s needs of more or less cargo space. Now they have the Subaru Impreza as a new car platform and the Subaru Impreza WRX is now strictly called the Subaru WRX and still offers it’s STI variant, and the hatch back model is currently  no longer produced. Although in 2020 Subaru has announced they will redesign the WRX once again, so the hatchback could still be brought back.

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The car uses a 1.5-2.5 Liter boxer engine that produces about 236-310 horsepower depending on the variant and year’s model. The boxer engine has been used in this car since it was first produced in 1992. The boxer engine is strange as it sits flat (commonly called a flat four engine) in the engine bay, many other engines sit upright/vertical  or at an angle. Engineering Explained, a popular car YouTuber, best explains it in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL69r96VfuU). The engine provides power to all four tires through Subaru’s AWD technology, and allows this car to perform great even in severe weather conditions. The newer models have a great new feature that allows you to change the power output to the differential, which are what spin your tires when you give your car gas.This feature of a changing differential means that you can increase the power out put to the rear/front tires and better fine tune the car’s performance to your own liking. YouTuber, Engineering Explained, provides a better idea of this in his video reviewing the 2016 Subaru WRX STI (https://youtu.be/_xcwf0DuoJ4)

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With this car being an AWD vehicle it appeals to the Rally Racing market, as it performs amazingly during the wet, slick, and muddy courses. Rally Racing is a whole new type of race as your trying to go as fast as you can but it has lots of tight turns and can vary from road portions to muddy off-road portions on a course. This type of racing usually consists of two people in each car, one drives while the other one calls out each turn direction and states the angle of each turn. The cars in this style of racing are constantly beat up and repaired as going fast on some uphill courses lead to bottoming out  after the peak of the hill, or the dirt rock destroy the bumpers.Crashes also happen commonly in this race as pushing your car and driver to their limits on a sometimes inconsistent course can lead to bad outcomes.

 

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