Several Subaru related stories today:
The first would be an update about Subaru’s version of the FT-86 sport coupe being co-developed with Toyota. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Toshio Masuda, product manager for the new RWD coupe, said that Subaru is benchmarking the Porsche Cayman for handling feel, and that the car is all about balance.
The car will have an all-new 2.0L boxer four cylinder with 200 naturally aspirated horsepower. Turbocharged engines may come later but nothing has been confirmed at this point. Subaru is working with a supplier to develop new automatic and manual transmissions for the RWD car. But no word on the type or number of gears in either.
The sports coupe will be about 20 percent lighter than a WRX and STi, or in other words not much more than 2700 pounds –we love light-weight cars! It might not be as quick as its Rally brethren, but the focus is on handling and balance. The marketing department is calling it a “handling delight.”
The engine will sit 4.7 inches lower and 9.4 inches further back from the front axle compared to the WRX which translates to a lower center of gravity and a less front-end heavy car. Two things that make a car funner and handle better!
Next up is the completely undressed Toyota version of the Subaru Boxer powered FT-86 II concept also at Geneva. Enjoy the pics!
The final Subaru story today is an update on the Factory Five Racing car we covered a few weeks ago. The body design contest for Factory Five Racing’s newest WRX-powered car starts today! The contest ends on June 1, 2001 and the winners will be announced June 11, 2011.
The design must fit the parameters of the frame that has already been developed — things like wheelbase, and the fact that it is a two-seat, mid-engine, rear wheel drive car. It can be designed as a roadster or with a removable hardtop.
First place winner will win $5,000! Second place receives $1,000 and third place gets $500!
The design contest is also co-sponsored by Grass Roots Motorsports magazine and Solid Works. For full details and contest information check out Factory Five Racing‘s website and Grass Roots Motorsports‘ website as well!