Subaru avenged its flameout at this year's 24-hour Nurburgring endurance race by conquering the notoriously demanding track with a new record lap time.
A special edition WRX STI racer completed the winding, up-and-down 12.8-mile Nordschleife circuit in a speedy 6 minutes, 57.5 seconds on July 21. Subaru says it was a record time for a four-door sedan.
The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special was custom built on a stock 2017 WRX STI with a roll cage welded into the standard unibody for added strength and stiffness. Topping out at 179 mph, the racer has a turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine generating more than 600 hp.
In the convoluted jumble of letters that is the racing car's name, the RA stands for Record Attempt.
Subaru's lap triumph at Nurburgring comes on the heels of a disappointing loss at the circuit's famed 24-hour endurance in May. The race team's WRX STI was gunning for its third-straight class win, but a fire knocked out Subaru's entry with three hours to go.
Subaru has notched five class wins at Nurburgring since it began racing there in 2008.