In a first look at the new project, the Subaru STI E-RA concept was showcased on Friday
Subaru made their appearance at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon with an unveiling of their new Subaru STI E-RA concept electric race car concept. The Japanese automaker announced that with help from Yamaha in design study, they want to achieve the goal of beating the Porsche 911 GTA2 RS’s time set on the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany.
To hit this goal, the Subaru STI E-RA concept will need to lap the circuit in less than 6 minutes and 40 seconds, the exact time that was set by the 911 GT2 RS back in October 2018. By powering their electric race car with four in-wheel motors and 1,072 horsepower, Subaru plans to make the new record time set a reality.
Subaru’s new electric race car sure looks stunning. It Incorporates high-downforce composite bodywork wrapped closely around the wheels in a GT-style design. A carbon-fiber splitter up front, Formula 1-style bargeboards, and a tall developed back diffuser will all work together to suck air out of the wheel wells and speed it towards the towering rear wing. The roof-mounted intake scoop of the Subaru STI E-RA concept is reminiscent of the famed WRC Impreza rally vehicle from the early 2000s, and likely supplies air to the cooling system of the 60 kWh battery pack.
Subaru is in collaboration with Yamaha Motor Company to adopt four-wheel torque vectoring, which includes an integrated inverter and gear. Multiple sensors monitor everything from the vehicle’s speed, steering angle, G-forces, yaw, and more, and send commands to the inverter. All of the inputs are used to calculate drive and brake torque for each wheel separately.
The entire setup and structure of the Subaru STI E-RA concept follows the FIA E-GT guidelines, a proper route for Subaru to go in. Testing is expected to start in Japan in late 2022, with the car arriving at the Nürburgring racetrack in 2023.
Check out more Subaru STI E-RA concept photos from the Tokyo Auto Salon below.