Subaru's Chameleon Car Car Ready To Rally

Thu, 21/04/2016

The Subaru do™Motorsport Team has revealed that its car colour scheme will change for each event in this year’s Kumho Australian Rally Championship.

Debuting with Molly Taylor behind the wheel at this weekend’s first outing, the Quit Forest Rally in Busselton, Western Australia, the production class WRX STI sports the “surfer” theme seen on the promotional car initially used to highlight Subaru’s re-entry to the sport.

But enthusiasts keen to capture the detail will need to be quick – the entire scheme will change for round two of the Championship, the National Capital Rally, ACT, from May 27-29.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “Each event will see Molly’s Subaru WRX STI in a livery that pays homage to key lifestyle or recreational activities held in that area.

“For this event we’ve used the surfing theme, obviously a tie-in with the world-class breaks  that the Margaret River is renowned for.

“The chameleon theme is a nod to our brand positioning – Subaru do.

“Subaru is a ‘do-ing’ company. We stand for action – so do our cars – enabling our customers to do more and get more out of life.

“So at every level, Molly’s Subaru will appear with a lifestyle or recreational theme that will resonate with our customers.

“We are going to have a lot of fun with this – there will be the odd surprise and perhaps even a special announcement along the way!”

The colour scheme is achieved using a special “wrap” around the car’s panels, applied in the team’s headquarters at Les Walkden Rallying, outside Launceston, in Tasmania.

Mr Senior added: “it’ll be an interesting guessing game for the fans in the Subaru blue army to try and work out what the themes will be for Canberra and beyond!”

On the eve of the first event, Molly and co-driver Bill Hayes report further progress in testing on the challenging WA dirt.

She said: ”We’ve managed a few more hours and while the surfaces here are completely different to Northern Tasmania, we’ve learned a lot and our previous experience rallying in WA is also a bonus.”  

Quit Forest Rally gets underway tomorrow evening with two short Super Special Stage bursts in Busselton, before the transit to Nannup Service, followed by eight more Heat One stages on Saturday and nine Heat Two stages on Sunday.


KUMHO TYRE AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP®2016

Round 1 – Quit Forest Rally WA
22nd - 24th April
 

Round 2 - National Capital Rally, ACT
27th - 29th May
 

Round 3 – International Rally of QLD
17th - 19th June
 

Round 4 - Rally SA
9th - 11th September
 

Round 5 – Kennards Hire Rally Australia, Coffs Harbour
17th - 20th November