Subaru STI E-RA concept: EV racer designed to break lap records

Published: 14 January 2022

► Subaru’s electric racing concept
► 1072bhp, e-AWD, wild wing
► Aiming to break lap records

Subaru wants to go racing with EVs and this is its first study of such an idea: the STI E-RA concept. It’s a pure-electric be-winged race car concept designed for the FIA’s new E-GT category and has been revealed at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon.

The STI E-RA is also about breaking records; Subaru wants it to record a lap time of 400 seconds (or 6m40s in plain English) around the Nürburgring. It’s even named to that effect – ‘E-RA’ stands for ‘Electric Record Attempt.’

sti era front splitter

So how will it go about doing that? With a hell of a lot of e-power. Subaru says the E-RA project has a motor for each wheel and deploys electric torque vectoring. Total system power is a wild 1072bhp (800kW), which is fed by a 60kWh battery pack.

That power output is somewhat beyond the FIA’s new E-GT rules, but this is just a prototype. The new E-GT regulations limit power to 430kW (577bhp) with cars weighing between 1490 and 1530kg. The E-GT category is set to start in 2023.

sti era rear

Subaru has been slowly rolling out electrified models across its passenger car model, with its first EV being the new Solterra – a crossover that’s essentially a badge-engineered version of the Toyota bZ4X.

The brand wants to take the STI E-RA concept to the Nurburgring in 2023 in order to try and set that 400-second sap time after thrashing it about on tracks in Japan across 2022.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches