Subaru is reviving its classic rally racing look while expanding into other motorsports.
It’s a return to form for Subaru, with their 2019 season starting off in the best way possible. Subaru of America has revealed their 2019 racing season livery with once again sports the classic gold and blue colors of Subaru’s rallying heydey of the ‘90s and 2000s.
Not only that, Subaru will revise its racing teams and organizational structure in the US to all fall under a single roof. Now, stage rally, rallycross, off-road racing, circuit racing, and record attempts will all fall under the one banner of Subaru Motorsports.
Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday, Subaru’s new car is a sight to behold. The same star cluster graphic that Subaru has used as their logo for decades once again adorns the sides of the car, but the bright yellow graphic is far larger than previous Subaru racers. Stretching from the roof all the way to the side sills, it’s almost hard to see the resemblance to the comet design that covered older Subaru rally racers.
The base color of Subaru’s racing WRX STI is WR Blue Pearl with gold-painted wheels. The formerly yellow brake calipers are instead a more muted metallic shade that doesn’t stand out against the gold backdrop. There are also darker star cluster patterns on the car’s rear quarter-panel that mirror the bright yellow clusters shown in the comet design.
Besides the aesthetics, Subaru’s new racer also shows some structural changes. The hood scoop has been covered up in favor of a pair of vents to either side. The signature roof scoop is still right behind the windshield, and a pair of vents are now poking holes in the rear passenger doors.
An extra-wide body kit makes Subaru’s racer even wider than their recently unveiled WRX STI S209, while red STI badging adorns the front air intakes, rear trunk lid, and on either side of the rear wing.
The new car will debut on March 15th at Missouri's Rally at the 100 Acre Wood, where Subaru will defend their American Rally Association title.