• Dec 20, 2009
A Subaru WRX STi pulls a semi stuck in the snow -- Click above to watch the video

Somewhere in the snow that's falling all over the northern hemisphere, a tractor-trailer got stuck on some slushy ice and snow, blocking a city street. That helpless semi was then strapped to a Subaru WRX STI, and the little engine -- and AWD -- that could, extricated the truck from its predicament.

That's cool enough on its own. Yet, what we really want to know is the backstory – did someone say "Don't worry about a wrecker. If you see a blue sedan with gold wheels and a giant wing, and it growls, that's all we need..."? Follow the jump to see it all unfold on video. Thanks for the tip, Roy!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Given the likely tire situation, I'm not surprised that the STI had enough power. What amazes me is the force that the chassis can take!
      • 5 Years Ago
      apparently that subie can tow up to 40tons. who said diesel was better then gas?
      slimgem007
      • 5 Years Ago
      voided warranty in front of god and everybody....lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Almost as impressive as some crazy SOB in a Miata, top-down, that is tearing around Boston and Cambridge right now. This guy is tearing down unplowed streets without so much more than an occasional wiggle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Miatas have perfect 50/50 weight distribution and (some) limited slip diffs and a heat gun of a heater. Add winter tires and skilled driver and up to 4-5" of soft snow becomes a fun ride instead of a problem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I knew there was a reason why I've been in love with this car for the past 5 years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No kidding. I don't have an Impreza badged car, but two other slightly larger Subie stable-mates...

        All Wheel Drive is All We'll Drive! I'd probably still drive a Subaru in the winter, even if I could afford to drive a Porsche the rest of the year.

        Kudos to the STI driver and the other good people for helping out. Even a little of the right kind of help is enough to sometimes make all the difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Behold, the Power of Subaru: WRX STI tows semi out of snow"......after which the Subaru's engine blew up from the strain.....talk about a hernia!!!
      leolux10
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems to me that "nrb" is the only OTHER person (other than myself) on thi board, with any sense. It's a flub. Obviously fake. Notice they never bothered to show that the cabin was empty???? Wow. SMH Just consider the weight ratio! The truck picked up GREAT speed, TOO fast, for a wimpy little sedan. Subaru, or not! Up-keeping that same speed, in HEAVY snow!?!? Come on! Common sense seems to be in shortage , here.
        camarosx2
        • 5 Years Ago
        @leolux10
        why would the cabin be empty??? this comment makes absolutely no sense, have you ever towed or been towed out of somewhere, obviously not cause you would know that when your being pulled you need to steer, operate the throttle and be ready to step on the brake pedal so you dont rearend the guy towing you once your out of your stuck situation, the truck was obviosly running and in gear just being helped by the little subaru cause that car no way in hell could move that truck on its own. I totally agree that common sense is on a shortage here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Although that looks impressive, I'm more amazed by that woman riding the bicycle at 0:13. No special mountain bike tire and she's still scooting along haha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The STi has torque sensitive front AND rear differentials.

      Getting power to both axles is easy as pie: center differential, center clutch pack, mechanical coupling (off-road drive)
      Side to side power distribution is important.

      Why doesn't the Ford Taurus SHO have the rear 'eLSD'?
      Why do most pickups have an open front differential?
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is a 'locker'? The Detroit Locker is not a differential. As far as I know, they are not legal for use on road.
        An optional lockable differential? No I would not recommend a lockable differential if you have an IFS. The Jeep Rubicon and Dodge Power Wagon have it in the front axle, but don't you have to be in low-range to lock the front differential?

        I'd like to see speed sensitive differentials in the front axle of Pickups. Reduces traction control work load.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpiFq63N0Ac
        I'd like to see torque sensitive differentials in the rear of Pickups.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZmsY2YvVsc
        camarosx2
        • 5 Years Ago
        if you've ever driven a truck with a lsd front diff or even worse a locker then you'd know why most dont have them, it makes steering a real challenge, it has alot to do with the added tire size of a truck compared to a sport compact, also it costs alot more to build and the added strain on the steering and suspension require those to be stronger too, all for one added tire of traction that most drivers will never come across a situation where it would be needed. an open diff is plenty for all but hardcore offroaders
      • 5 Years Ago
      I find that really hard to believe. First, the subaru is not on a truck frame and doesn't have a piece of metal on it strong enough not to snap under the 20 tons of weight it was trying to pull. Or better yet, the chain that they were using would have snapped. I may believe it if it was a trunk but not a unibody frame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the car was an all wheel drive that what made the difference good advertisment for the car company .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are you people so overworked that nobody could spare the 12 seconds that it took even me to realize from the signage, the license plates and the logos on the truck that no, this was not the Great Nor'easter of yesterday? And that was with the sound off. ("Those damn Dutchmen in Virginia...")

      Thank god print still exists, at least to some extent. Imagine how pervasive stupidity and illiteracy will be when it totally goes away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um, who said that?
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