Travis Pastrana’s Gymkhana-spec Subaru WRX STI is an overwhelming force of nature. With 862 horsepower and all the wings you can imagine, it is a purpose-built monster designed to complete the wide variety of stunts necessary for his recent Gymkhana video. While the video may be done, the car has not stopped being interesting.
That’s where the drag racing comes in.
Hoonigan Industries is expanding its “This vs. That” series, which also featured Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang, with a new show for Pastrana’s Subaru. But merely competing in adventurous drag races between mismatched cars of different backgrounds is territory that has already been treated before, so there is a twist. And, because Travis Pastrana is driving, that twist is a jump at 150 MPH.
Yes, after every run, Pastrana is going to jump the car over the ramp he jumped at the end of Gymkhana 2020. Not as a separate stunt, but immediately after the actual run. It is designed as a showcase of the wide-ranging capabilities of the highly specialized Subaru, a car with the all-wheel-drive power necessary to compete against the wide range of powerful competition ‘This vs. That” has become known for without losing its ability to simply leap over things at Autobahn speeds.
The series, called “Flying Finish,” debuted earlier today. The first race pits Pastrana against Chris Forsberg’s 1300 hp Nissan Altima, one of the few cars in the world that shares the Subaru’s particular mix of family sedan roots, custom wide bodywork, and absurd power. The Altima has already handily beaten a modified 1000 hp Hellcat in a drag race in a previous “This vs. That,” so it should provide a good benchmark of how effective the Gymkhana Subaru can be.
From: Road & Track
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