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Travis Pastrana Races To A Record In A Subaru WRX STI
What do you get when you set a rally-prepped Subaru WRX STI loose on the famed Mt. Washington Hill climb course in New Hampshire, boasting more than 100 turns and a 4,168-ft. change in elevation? Well, if you’re extreme motorsports icon Travis Pastrana, the answer is simple: Another world record.
Pastrana—whose list of accomplishments range from setting the record for longest car jump at 269 ft. to winning the Rally America National Championship on four separate occasions—covered the tortuous course in just over 6 minutes, 21 seconds, shattering the old record by more than 20 seconds. It was the perfect conclusion to his latest Red Bull Speed Chasers project, which had been scoping out the course prior to the Hillclimb’s reboot, scheduled for 2011 after a ten-year hiatus.
“This is an amazing road, it’s just so much fun,” said Pastrana. “It’s extremely challenging, there is no room for error and the scenery is epic.”
In other words, it was the perfect playground for the STI. True, most customers who buy one of Subaru’s iconic performers won’t benefit from the custom tuning provided for the Mt. Washington challenge by Vermont SportsCar, but the production model is a mind-blowing ride all on its own—especially now.
The 2011 model has been meticulously engineered and Nürburgring-tested to be the best-handling STI that Subaru has ever offered, and it still packs a powerful punch, too. That’s courtesy of a turbocharged and intercooled boxer engine that develops 305 hp and is good for 0-60 runs of just 4.7 seconds. Other “go fast” (and “stop fast”) features include an advanced multi-mode Driver Controlled Center Differential system that optimizes both side-to-side and front-to-back power distribution, a Brembo performance braking setup and a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission.
Yet for all that focus on fast, the STI is still an ideal daily driver, with a roomy and versatile interior; a six-speaker CD/MP3 sound system with USB port and satellite radio capability; Bluetooth hands-free calling; an available All-Weather Package with heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer; and an optional GPS-based nav system.
Oh, and the official Travis Pastrana seal of approval.
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