Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Trax

At the SEMA Motor Show, Subaru revealed a 400 horsepower WRX STI with snow tracks. The TRAX was based on a rally-prepped 2009 WRX STI and was built by Vermont SportsCar for SRT USA driver Ken Block. Except for its Mattracks rubber track system, the TRAX is almost distinguishable from Block’s #43 SRT USA competition STI.

Vermont SportsCar took a stock Impreza WRX STI and then gutted the interior. It proceeded to lighten the shell and then it fully seam-welded it for added strength. Vermont SportsCar then installed a multipoint steel roll cage. At that point, RECARO SPA ProRacer competition sport seats were then added along with carbon fiber door panels and an onboard fire suppression system.

Additional features include a Yakima FatCat 4 Snowboard Rack, a Yakima Landing Pad rack base, and DC Shoes XFB-C Snowboards. Powering the vehicle is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (with a MOTEC M800 ECU) that gives an output of 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Aside from the pumped-up engine, Vermont SportsCar also installed a KAPS five-speed close-ratio ‘dog-engagement’ gearbox, a Subaru programmable DCCD (Driver Controlled Center Differential) all-wheel drive system, custom machined hubs, and Group N competition rally dampers by EXE-TC.

The awesome features of the TRAX don’t end there. It also comes with a custom carbon fiber sleigh, which can accommodate four passengers. The sleigh rides on steel skis and a torsion bar suspension. It also has heated leather RECARO seats, a marine-grade Alpine stereo system, LED lighting, and carbon fiber trim.