To answer the OP's question, yes it's possible. I'd be willing to bet that a stage 2 sti on E85 with coilovers, and a competent driver could give one a very good run around the track, if not beat it. But it depends on the track. The 'ring has alot of long straights and sweepers; not the STi's forte. I chuckeled at the beach crusier thing, because the first thing that popped into my head was a friend of mine cruising on one down the beach lol.