Subaru's long and distinguished history in the world of rallying is about to get another chapter, as it's set to field a team in the Global RallyCross Championship. The car? The all-new WRX STI.

Yes, Subaru will be fielding a GRC challenger, with drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen at the helm. This particular car was teased earlier this week, and is a preview of the eventual GRC model which will launch this fall. The race-ready STI boasts a custom widebody kit with a carbon-fiber rear wing. The roof scoop and the mirrors are also made of carbon fiber, while the wheels are provided by Method. As with all GRC contenders this year, the WRX STI is shod in Yokohama spec rubber. It's not clear what sort of engine sits under the scooped hood, although we imagine we'll find out before the season kicks off in a few months.

Perhaps even more exciting is word that Subaru will also prepare a version of the WRX STI for stage rallies, with Travis Pastrana and David Higgins fielding the new car in the Rally America Championship. That car should arrive later this year.

Take a look up top for our live images of the new rally car, and then head into Comments and let us know if you think Subaru's decision to run GRC and RAC could eventually lead to a return performance in top-flight World Rally Championship series. Scroll down for the brief press release from Subaru Rally Team USA.
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Subaru Rally Team USA Teases Fans with 2015 WRX STI in Rallycross Spec

Subaru of America offered a peek into their racing future with a Rallycross-spec 2015 WRX STI today at the New York International Auto Show. This STI was a joint project with Subaru Rally Team USA, RedBull Global Rallycross, and NBC to promote the 2014 RedBull GRC season that begins May 18. The STI Rallycross car features a custom widebody, a carbon fiber modified STI spoiler, rally car-style roof scoop and mirrors, along with Method Race Wheels mounted with RedBull GRC's new Yokohama spec race tire. Vermont SportsCar, home of Subaru Rally Team USA, prepared the STI. The full-race version will be in the hands of team drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen this fall. Travis Pastrana and David Higgins, who compete for Subaru Rally Team USA in the Rally America Championship, are expected to get a stage rally version of the 2015 WRX STI later this year as well.


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      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm usually a Rally car | subaru fan.. but this just looks like "some car.." Subaru stooping to new lows to meet the mediocrity of US sedan blandness...
      f575gtc
      • 8 Months Ago
      So Subaru teased a car none of us can drive/own/experience for a week....thanks Subaru.
      DrewS
      • 8 Months Ago
      The new Subarus just look bland. I am a big Subaru fan but this just looks like a glorified Camry.
        ravenosa
        • 8 Months Ago
        @DrewS
        What particular angle of the car do you see a Camry? I'm not seeing it. The beltline and rear-quarter look a bit BMW-ish, the side looks a bit Civic-y, the front reminds me of the older/smaller Legacy.
          bonehead
          • 8 Months Ago
          @ravenosa
          Camry is synonomous with bland. Just like Aztek is with ugly. So its bland like a camry with a spoiler. ITs of course not that bad (cause good god the 2008 WRX was actually that bad or worse) but it is really plain.
      Bryan Pizzuti
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wouldn't the WRX STI only be able to compete in R4? I don't think they've got a 1.6L laying around anywhere... On the upside, if SUbie's got a sequential tranny in the works, a DCT might be forthcoming after all.
        R Maugham
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Bryan Pizzuti
        Subaru Japan have both a standard and turbo 1.6 available. Impreza comes with 1.6 and Levorg has 1.6 turbo http://www.subaru.jp/levorg/levorg/grade/1.6gts-es.html http://www.subaru.jp/impreza/g4/grade/16i-l/
        TRAILbrake
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Bryan Pizzuti
        1.6L FB DIT has been in development for well over 3 years now. The 1.6L is supposed to power the (Japan only) Levorg. http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a383/Kostamojen/IMG_6048.jpg
      Andrew Pappas
      • 8 Months Ago
      I like it a lot...and that's coming from someone who is jabbing needless into the eyes of Subaru executive voodoo dolls for not offering a WRX hatch.