WRX STI TS TO COMPETE IN 2011 NURBURGRING 24 HOUR RACE

Fri, 11/03/2011

Subaru Tecnica International (STI) will participate in the 39th ADAC Zurich 24h-Race (Nürburgring 24-Hour Race) in Germany in June, with a WRX STI tS (GVB).

STI first built and ran its own car in the race in 2009 and in this year's third campaign it is aiming for a win in the SP3T class.\

Comprising the Grand-Prix track (5.1km) and the Nordschleife (20.8km), commonly called the Old Course, the Nürburgring is a famed racing course.

The Grand-Prix track hosts races including F1 and the DTM class.

Car manufacturers from around the world use the Nordschleife for vehicle development tests. It is a particularly tough road course with a 300m difference in elevation and over 170 corners.

The Nurburgring 24-Hour Race is famous for attracting more than 200 vehicles every year including some of the best European touring cars.

Last year, STI completed 139 laps (approx. 3,527km) in 24 hours, 152.2km more than the previous race in 2009, finishing fourth in the SP3T class for sub-2 litre turbo-charged vehicles.

Based on STI's WRX STI tS car, the 2011 competition vehicle has been developed with a focus on weight-saving, enhanced aerodynamic performance - taking advantage of its four-door body - and further improvements in the capabilities of its EJ20 turbo engine.

The vehicle will be run in a short VLN series contest on 14 May for the setting to be finalised before it takes part in the 24-hour race in June.

As in previous years, Hideharu Tatsumi, General Manager of STI's Vehicle Experiment Department, will lead development of the car and team operations as Team Manager.

Drivers will be Toshihiro Yoshida, who has been in the race every year since 2008, Carlo van Dam from Holland and Marcel Engels from Germany, who both joined the team last year.

Fourth driver will be Kouta Sasaki, who drives the Legacy GT300 in Japan's SUPER GT series.

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