Video: Subaru's Nurburgring lap record with modified WRX STI

The Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special got around the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes.

Subaru has released a new video highlighting the recent record-setting run of its 2018 WRX STI Type RA NBR Special around Germany's Nurburgring.

Last month Subaru set a new Nurturing lap record for a sedan when its 2018 WRX STI Type RA NBR Special got around the track in just 6 minutes and 57.5 seconds. For those keeping track, that's just a half-second slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder, which currently holds the Nurburgring lap record for a production vehicle.

The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special, however, is far from a production vehicle. Although based on the road-going WRX STI Type RA, the NBR Special was heavily modified by Subaru racing partner Prodrive. Enhancements include a 600 horsepower engine, 9-inch racing tires, WRC gearbox and an advanced active aero system.

Subaru will launch the road-legal WRX STI Type RA in the United States for the 2018 model year. That vehicle won't have 600 horsepower, but it will have a carbon fiber roof panel, carbon fiber rear wing and lightweight 19-inch BBS alloy wheels.

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