Subaru reveals race car with 1,073 hp at Tokyo Auto Salon
Subaru Tecnica International (STI) has unveiled the STI E-RA, an all-electric concept car. This vehicle, revealed at Tokyo Auto Salon, will help the company to develop future EVs as it gains "experience and training of new technologies".
The concept car has "all-wheel control technology" to maximize grip and stabilize car body position, which STI claims increases the "pleasure of driving". The vehicle has a lithium-ion battery with 60 kW of storage capacity, which drives motors developed by Yamaha.
According to STI, the motor is "a high-torque high-revolution type", which can deliver a maximum output of 1,073 hp (789 kW). For context, one of the most powerful electric cars to date, Rimac's electric concept car C_Two, has 1,914 hp (1,408 kW).
The car has four motors attached directly to each wheel for optimized responsiveness. STI noted that this system is approved in the regulations set out for the FIA E-GT, which could suggest that it intends to enter the competition.
STI has named several goals for the E-RA, including completing a 400-second lap of the Nuerburgring. The company hopes this will be possible next year, following testing on Japanese circuits in 2022.
Alongside the E-RA concept car, Subaru showcased an STI-badged version of the Solterra at Tokyo Auto Salon. This edition of the all-electric SUV featured red accents, a rear spoiler and body kit. The Solterra, which will have a 71.4 kWh battery capacity, will be available later this year.