Hoonigan asked Subaru to build the most outrageous WRX STI ever, and they did
And then Hoonigan went on with their insane treatment as well. Which do you like?
Outrageous shows deserve outrageous cars. That explains Ken Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn for his Gymkhana video series. However, back in May, the rally driver announced his decision to leave the show. This not only opened up the possibility of a new driver but a new set of wheels as well.
Except, absolutely nothing will be new as the lunatic mad enough to take over the drift-king reigns from Ken Block is his former rally team-mate and five-time U.S. rally champion Travis Pastrana. Both a friend and longtime rival, Pastrana isn’t even a new face in the Gymkhana as the American driver already made a couple of cameo appearances in earlier seasons. Plus, he isn’t even bringing an all-new car along.
However, the car seems all-new, where it matters. Pastrana drives for Team Subaru Motorsports USA which means the championship-winning rally team of Subaru get to make a comeback in the Gymkhana series after a brief tenure in the first two seasons. And this time, the Japanese manufacturer means nothing but business. Tire-destroying business.
For the first time in the Gymkhana series, the prospect of developing a car was left to a carmaker, and from the looks of it, Subaru indeed went all-out to create this - the most outrageous WRX STI. Focus on extreme performance is evident from every angle and the Japanese carmaker aims to extract additional grip from the air as well. Which explains that massive air dam on the front bumper, further flanked by those sharp dive planes on both sides, batman-wing-styled wheel arches on the front and back, a tunnel-resembling diffuser and that daunting wing.
There are vents on the hood as well, to let in more air to the engine. However, one of those hood vents also houses that flame-spitting exhaust system. With all the elementary breath in and out activity going on above the hood, a custom-made Subaru boxer engine lies underneath it. Add long-travel suspension, a race-ready interior, a raw carbon body along with Pastrana’s rallying skills and you’re looking at a tyre-shredding festival in the upcoming Gymkhana series.
“This STI is unbelievable!” said Pastrana. “We’ve never had the opportunity to do this before, to build a car with no restrictions. Engine, suspension, aero—everything is unlimited, clean sheet. It’s crazy fast, easy to control and get sideways and it was perfect out of the box in testing. Gymkhana is a new challenge for me but I want to raise the bar, and this is the car to do it.”
No figures for the engine specs have been released yet, but one can expect numbers to hover around the 500hp mark. Maybe over as well. But it’s not the power that’ll be significant here but the power to weight ratio, the handling superiority and the aero-efficiency that should give Pastrana the edge.
And just when you thought Subaru’s carbon-dated black livery looked badass, Hoonigan decided to work its magic but giving it this vivid yet custom paint job. Said to be a collaborative work between Pastrana and Hoonigan’s CCO Brian Scotto, it features some insane amounts of detailing, yellow wheels and yellow headlights. Are you sure all-black still looks best?