Not right on schedule, but Subaru BRZ GT300 completed its first shakedown at Fuji race track.
The new race car based on the road-going Subaru BRZ will be competing in the new season of Japanese Super GT series in the GT300 class.
There are many interesting facts about this car. First it’s based on one of the most anticipated sports cars of 2012, and a successful racing career could help with sales. Second, it looks awesome wearing that racing outfit, and third, it’s powered by a turbocharged version of the same 2.0 liter boxer engine that powers the road car with 300bhp.
We know Subaru is also working on a turbo version of the road-going BRZ, but it’s to likely to get the full 300bhp output. 250bhp is a more realistic number for that car.
Check out some picture of the BRZ GT300 getting ready for work:
Hideharu Tatsumi, Deputy General Manager of STI Motorsport Project Office, which developed the car, said, “We developed the BRZ GT300 aiming to take advantage of SUBARU’s characteristically low centre of gravity”, and when the car emerged from the garage, its low form attracted much attention. Painted in SUBARU’s theme colour of WR Blue, the BRZ GT300, with its characteristic BOXER engine sound, speeded around the Fuji Speedway circuit.
R&D SPORT Team Director Shinji Motojima said, “The development and engineering capabilities of SUBARU / STI have created a wonderful car. We have to make full use of it to get good results, which will undoubtedly put us under more pressure than last year. The regulation has changed a little for this year to allow for a larger restrictor diameter. So, I expect races with faster top speeds. This year’s challenge for the 2-litre turbo BRZ is how competitive it can be against cars with larger displacements on a straight. However, we have the advantage in cornering and braking performance, so we need different strategies depending on the circuits. We’ll compete this season while solving problems one after the other. I hope for everyone’s support for the season.”