There are few things in the world more pleasing to hear than a dog box style transmission being shifted. It is curt, it is hardcore, it is tough, and man it is mechanical! Not cheap, not lacking for violence, and not something you’d want to live life with every day on the street, they are magical on a race track and today we’re taking our Parting Shift blog item and focusing on a potentially unlikely candidate. This is likely the first time we have ever featured a Subaru in this space but it’s a worthy beast, promise.
To set the scene we’re going to make a couple of laps of the famed Monza F1 circuit riding on the shoulder of a driver piloting a 600hp Subaru WRX STi that has been stripped and built into a time attack style race car. In the world of time attack, it is exactly what it sounds. Make quick laps, be the quick guy. It is time trial with consequences, essentially. Everyone is racing father time, not the dude next to them or in front of them.
This car is Subaru powered with a modified EJ25 providing the go power. We do not know who’s transmission is in the car for this run but we do know that it works flawlessly.
We enjoy the fact that this driver knows what he is doing. The first three minutes are the guy getting the car on course and bringing the machine up to operating temperature on all fronts. The tires, the mechanical systems, all of it. The dude does not go out there and let it rip, he handles the car professionally before he unleashes the hounds about three minutes in.
This is awesome.