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The brand-new, four-wheel-drive machine has been built to the FIA’s new-for-2015 NR4 technical regulations and is the newest car of its type to be specifically built for international production rallying.
JRM is an official Base Team of Subaru Tecnica International (STI) – a winner of six WRC production titles and 47 world rallies – and it believes its latest NR4 challenger will boost competition in the WRC 2 Production Cup.
“There’s been a dearth of new cars coming into production rallying during the last few years so we’re aiming to shake the category up by introducing a car that is totally new and fresh,” JRM’s Steve Smith explained.
“This is the newest production rally car anywhere in the world and has been built to the latest NR4 regulations that have been introduced to create more of a level playing field in the production category.”
JRM’s latest-specification Subaru WRX STI has been heralded as the Japanese manufacturer’s best handling production-spec rally car to date, due to its improved body and suspension stiffness.
“This 2015 car features Subaru’s latest vehicle technology that has never been used in the WRC 2 Production Cup. We expect it to be competitive,” Smith added.
JRM’s build programme has been co-ordinated by experienced rally engineer, Eddie Corr, while testing is being undertaken by Terry Kaby, a one-time WRC driver who has been developing manufacturer rally cars for more than 25 years.