Is Subaru Planning A Prototype Racing Program?
Sportscar365 is reporting, “IMSA could see a fourth Japanese manufacturer join the grid next year, with the undisclosed medium-volume automaker having recently completed design and feasibility studies with an LMP2 constructor.” That is fairly specific language, particularly the “medium-volume automaker” part of that. If we were applying common sense or just simple logic Toyota would be the first option for a fourth Japanese manufacturer. However, the highly specific “medium-volume” wording rules Toyota out. So who could that fourth manufacturer be? Let’s look at the potential contenders.
Toyota is out, Nissan, Mazda, and Honda (Acura) already have DPi Programs so that only leaves Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and Daihatsu. I don’t mean to be rude, but Suzuki and Daihatsu have the same chance of a DPi program as I do, which leaves Mitsubishi and Subaru. If this were ten years ago and Mitsubishi was still building one or two cars that focused on sporty driving I might think they were half serious at mounting a serious Sportscar program. Unfortunately for them, they’re too busy building crossovers for a Prototype program to make any business sense. This leaves Subaru as the logical answer.
Does Subaru mounting a Prototype program make sense?