Subaru E-RA EV Concept Revealed, Will Attempt Nürburgring Lap Record

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Photo credit: Subaru
Photo credit: Subaru
  • Subaru unveiled the STI E-RA concept at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. It produces 1073 horsepower and features torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.

  • The Solterra STI concept previews a potential sporty variant of Subaru's electric crossover, adding a rear wing and a red-accented front splitter.

  • Subaru also showed a WRX and a BRZ with STI performance parts such as a carbon-fiber rear wing.

Subaru brought two electric concept cars to the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, and both are the product of the Japanese brand's Subaru Tecnica International motorsport subsidiary. The STI E-RA concept is an electric race car that STI will use to attempt a Nürburgring lap record, while the Solterra STI concept shows what a high-performance variant of Subaru's electric crossover could look like.

Photo credit: Subaru
Photo credit: Subaru

The STI E-RA is a low-slung, bewinged track car with 1073 horsepower pumping out of four electric motors, one at each wheel. This allows the E-RA to have a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, and the motors feed off a 60.0-kWh lithium-ion battery. The all-wheel-drive setup has been built in accordance with the FIA's E-GT motorsport regulations which will form the basis of an electric sports car racing championship starting in 2023. Subaru also says that starting in 2023, the STI E-RA will attempt to set a six-minute, 40-second lap around the Nürburgring track in Germany.

With the Solterra STI concept, Subaru gave its new electric crossover a performance makeover. The STI concept includes a roof-mounted spoiler and a red front splitter. Red accents also pop up on the side skirts, rear bumper, and one spoke of the five-spoke wheels. Subaru didn't mention any technical details for the Solterra STI. Given that Toyota also revealed a performance version of the Solterra's sister car, the Toyota bZ4X, production versions of both could be possible.

Along with the two EVs, Subaru showed off two gas-powered models, the new WRX and BRZ, modified with STI performance parts. The WRX S4 STI performance concept gains a carbon-fiber rear wing and a red front splitter and side skirts, potentially previewing what the WRX STI will look like when arrives in the near future. The BRZ STI performance also comes with a high-rise rear wing and a more aggressive front splitter, although it is unlikely that Subaru will build a full-fledged STI version of the BRZ.

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