Subaru made a really, really fast electric car

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Like everyone else in the car industry, Subaru gets really weird with it. The company unveiled its new STI E-RA conceptt at Tokyo Auto Salon, which is an all-electric hypercar designed to tear plates down.

The quirky electric hypercar packs 1,073 horsepower from four electric motors – one for each wheel. It also has a four-wheel torque vector and a 60 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Subaru worked with Yamaha on the development of the car.

You may be wondering why Subaru – a company built on its off-road skills – to build a road fighter? Well, that seems to be one big reason: That want to to put some really, really fast lap times around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, for who does not? While the Subaru is in the process of the, that also want to learn a thing or two about new technologies as the automotive world shifts more and more toward batteries and electric motors. So, E-RA is pretty much it a rolling test bearing.

A by-product of the rolling test bearing? Subaru aims to hit the 6:40 mark around the Nürburgring. It’s only 400 seconds.

Interestingly, it is not even EV record around ‘The Ring. That honor belongs Volkswagen ID R, which set a lap time of 6:05 in 2019. Subaru said they planned to test the car on Japanese circuits throughout 2022 before heading to Germany sometime in 2023. It will just go fast.

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Next to the STI E-RA at the Tokyo Auto Salon was Solterra STI Concept, which is bassoath on the all-electric Solterra SUV. Right now, there is no real information on performance upgrades that the Solterra STI will have, but it does come with a few exterior improvements. Unfortunately, the clumsy plastic cladding remains.

The entire setup of the E-RA, including its structure, follows guidelines for future FIA ​​E-GT regulations. That’s what the company said felt it was most appropriate and the best direction to work in. Does that mean Subaru could eventually race with their new E-RA? It is certainly possible. One thing is for sure though: this is a big step in a new direction for the japanese company.

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