Subaru Stuns with Project Midnight WRX, The Fastest WRX Ever

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Subaru Motorsports USA has unveiled an astounding new build dubbed Project Midnight. Billed as the “quickest and fastest” WRX ever made, this impressive machine is set to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Project Midnight boasts a 2.0-liter flat-four engine that delivers a staggering 670 horsepower and 680 lb-ft of torque, propelling it to unprecedented speeds for a WRX.

The heart of Project Midnight is a turbocharged engine that revs up to 9,500 rpm, featuring a hood-exit exhaust that spits flames—a feature sure to thrill automotive enthusiasts. Subaru claims this powerhouse is an evolution of its rallycross engine, promising an exhilarating performance. Although specific performance metrics have not been released, the focus on high-speed capability is clear.

Weighing in at under 2,500 pounds, Project Midnight is remarkably light—1,000 pounds lighter than the standard WRX and 300 pounds lighter than the Airslayer WRX STI driven by Travis Pastrana in the 2021 Mt. Washington Hillclimb. This weight reduction is achieved through the use of carbon fiber panels and a lightened chassis, combined with specially developed suspension geometry tailored for tarmac use.

Project Midnight’s aggressive aesthetic features matte black paintwork, black-painted wheels, and gloss black Subaru logo decals. Aerodynamic components, including a prominent front splitter, large canards, and a massive rear wing, enhance its sinister appearance and ensure it remains firmly planted on the road. The car sits on 18-inch OZ Racing Superturismo LMP wheels, crafted from magnesium, and wrapped in 280/650R18 Yokohama Advan slicks.

Scott Speed, former F1 racer and rallycross specialist, will pilot Project Midnight on its debut run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. While Subaru has not disclosed further details about the car or its future plans, it hints at upcoming challenges and record-setting attempts. Fans can look forward to more tarmac-based hillclimb runs and lap time pursuits. This groundbreaking WRX might even inspire Subaru to bring a similar model to the public, potentially bearing the coveted STI badge.


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