Subaru debuts electric Solterra and STI concepts in Tokyo
Subaru Corporation and its motorsport subsidiary, Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI), have revealed two exciting new electric concept models at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon.
Making their public debut yesterday, were the dynamic-looking STI E-RA CONCEPT and the Solterra STI CONCEPT.
The STI E-RA CONCEPT is based around the STI E-RA electric race car being developed under STI’s near-future, motorsport-focused STI E-RA CHALLENGE PROJECT. The project has been launched to gain experience with new motorsport technologies for the carbon-neutral era.
The concept name E-RA stands for Electric Record Attempt and plans for this bespoke, high-downforce race car is to achieve that ambition. After testing the STI E-RA throughout 2022, this model’s first goal will be to challenge the lap time of 400 seconds (6 minutes 40 seconds) in the time attack category at Germany’s infamous Nürburgring circuit after 2023.
To further emphasize Subaru's catchphrases of ‘enjoyment of driving’ and ‘absolute sense of security,’ the system will deliver up to 800kW by utilising Subaru’s All-Wheel Drive technology. The four electric motors will produce an enormous 1073bhp.
STI’s aim is to continue to challenge within the motorport arena and to refine its technology, utilising knowledge gained from the STI E-RA CHALLENGE PROJECT as an initiative for the future electrified society.
The Solterra STI CONCEPT is based on Subaru’s recently revealed all-electric SUV, the Solterra, which made its world debut in November 2021.
Featuring a roof spoiler, cherry-red under spoilers, and other special parts on its exterior, the model inspires Subaru’s superior driving dynamics.
Subaru of New Zealand’s Managing Director Wallis Dumper says: “As we await the arrival of the fully-electric, All-Wheel Drive SUV Solterra to New Zealand, the reveal of these two new electric Subaru STI concept cars is exciting and shows Subaru Corporation and Subaru Tecnica International Inc.’s future focus is firmly on electrified technologies.”
The Solterra launch will start by the middle of 2022 in some international markets, including Japan, the United States, Canada, Europe and China. Subaru of New Zealand is working with Subaru Corporation to confirm a timeline for Solterra to arrive in New Zealand.
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