Rumour: Subaru returning to WRC with a new Hot-Hatch
Is the legend coming back?
It's been a decade since Subaru last entered the World Rally Car class and some 15 years since it's last major victory, yet if you ask most people what's the ultimate rally car and there is a high chance they will say Subaru.
Rumours out of Japan now say that Subaru is working on a new hot-hatch in the B segment rivaling models like the Fiesta or Polo to gain more of a foothold in Europe. What's more Subaru plans to use the car as a platform to return to the World Rally Championship. All of this comes from a Japanese site Response and is only a rumour so take a grain of salt.
There are no ideas as to how the car might look at the moment, all the pictures in this article are of the 2017 Subaru Viziv Performance concept
There seems to be some truth amongst all the rumours, as Autosports Rally Editor David Evans told Motor1 that the brand is being pushed to enter WRC by Toyota he said "[Toyota boss] Akio Toyoda is pushing them very hard to join the series to race against Toyota,"
What's less likely is Response's claim that the car is meant to be ready for the 2020 season. At the moment Subaru doesn't produce any cars in this segment, so unless the program is well underway and under tight lock and kept from prying eyes it's rather unlikely we will see Subaru mount an assault on the WRC in 2020