Representing Subaru at a Magna Steyr-hosted event in Austria, Toshio Kobayashi explained the horsepower war between the Subaru Impreza WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.
“This rivalry has been going on since the middle of World War II,” he said. “It is an everlasting fight. Without the competition, it would be only half as much fun.”
Both companies made fighter planes during WWII. Mitsubishi built the Zero. Subaru’s parent, Fuji Heavy, made the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa. Today, the Subaru Impreza WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo are among the world’s most successful rally cars.