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Old 12-28-2018, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default STi president's opinion on re-entering the WRC



Recently, Mr. Yoshio Hirakawa, president of Subaru Tecnica International, was asked on his thoughts and recent rumors, as well as suggestions from Toyota, about whether Subaru will re-enter the World Rally Championship. Here is the translated response from https://s.response.jp :

"The starting point of Subaru's motor sports activities is to the end is a commercial car base.STI also has a commitment to commercial parts, Group A. Of course it is something that denies the category pursuing speed and technology purely like F1. Although there is no Subaru's policy is pursuit of safety of commercial cars, we do not develop vehicles and engines for racing.The car familiar with fans sympathizes with the fact that the car of the same engine is running Unfortunately, in the current WRC category, there is no honest vehicle to handle. "

It would be great to see Subaru back in the WRC, but the fact that STi still holds true to its core values from the 80's of making the production cars better is commendable and refreshing. Just a shame the World Rally Championship has strayed so far away from production cars.
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There is reason for hope. Mr Toyoda is enthusiastic about a Japanese resurgence in the WRC. Along with the return of a Japanese round in the championship, he’s expressed hope for manufacturers’ return. I’d think Subaru is the most likely.

Also, there’s a lot of grumbling going on about the cost of current WRC cars which could mean a future for R5, or something similar, being the top class. Perhaps that would open the door for a Subaru/Toyota shared platform.

https://us.motorsport.com/wrc/news/t...58272/?nrt=193

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Old 01-02-2019, 03:37 PM   #3
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There is reason for hope. Mr Toyoda is enthusiastic about a Japanese resurgence in the WRC. Along with the return of a Japanese round in the championship, he’s expressed hope for manufacturers’ return. I’d think Subaru is the most likely.

Also, there’s a lot of grumbling going on about the cost of current WRC cars which could mean a future for R5, or something similar, being the top class. Perhaps that would open the door for a Subaru/Toyota shared platform.

https://us.motorsport.com/wrc/news/t...58272/?nrt=193
It would be nice if Subaru were to reenter, but I still don't see it happening. If they could find the right group to partner with (Prodrive?) like Toyota have with Tommi Makinen Racing. Maybe that would move things forward, but they don't have a chassis that would fit the bill IMO as most Subarus are huge now. All of the current WRC crop still have a ~98-100in wheelbase.

Unfortunately the Japanese round was nixed for 2019, so hopefully next year.

IMO the grumbling about cost is more about there being more drivers than seats. Ford reduced their support for Msport and Abu Dhabi pulled backing from Citroen for 2019. What I've seen are people complaining on twitter that Ostberg, Breen or Paddon don't have seats for 2019.

But I can't see complaining as a fan given the end product. These are the best rally cars ever. ~380bhp, active diffs, aggressive aero, etc. It's exciting, and public interest in WRC is at arguably it's highest point since the mid 2000s. I would like to see Subaru step up and play at that level than go back to the old boring formula. (Citroen/VW era)

IMO the complaining is likely coming from the fact that the "big" teams (mostly Hyundai) have poured in a lot more money and still not earned a championship. The only team that should truly complain about cost is privately funded M-Sport (who claimed 2017 driver's and manufacturer's titles, and the 2018 driver's title), because Ford is getting almost free advertising out of the deal while stepping back their support.

The Toyota WRT really is something special though. They're going to be hard pressed to be beat for the driver's and manufacturer's titles this year. And it would never have happened if it weren't for both Mr. Toyoda and Tommi Makinen.
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It'll take a new chassis (smaller) and a new engine (more reliable, cheaper to make power). Neither of which appear to be in the works for the foreseeable future.
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Old 01-06-2019, 08:50 PM   #5
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Or they could just rebadge the Yaris in japan and they could run that...
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