Friday, March 11, 2011

Subaru World Rally Team Short History

Started in 1953. Five companies merged to form Fuji Heavy Industries and adopting the name "Subaru".

 Parent company is Fuji Heavy Industries and the present partial partnership is Toyota motor corporation.

SUBARU means "United" in Japanese.

Subaru rally team first started since 1980 by STI group from Japan and competing in Afrika safari rally and the 1st car model was Subaru Leone ( 1980 to 1989 ).

The next model rally car was Subaru Legacy RS ( 1989 to 1993 ).

Then later they replaced by a smaller and light weight chassic which is the "Impreza".

Subaru team up with British famous motorsport team "Prodrive" leading by David Richards ( Founder and Chairman ) of the company.

Their joint venture started in 1989 in the world rally competition and with aggresive performances and debut in 1993. 

Famous Drivers who partners and bring championships to Subaru World rally Team are :
  • Ari Vatanen   
  • Colin Mcrae
  • Carlo Sainz
  • Richard Burns
  • Tommi Makinen
  • Petter Solberg
  • Stephen Sarrazin
  • Chris Atkinson  
The Impreza model brings Subaru three consecutive WRC constructor title from 1995 , 1996 and 1997 and driver championship in 1995 , 2001 and 2003.

 Since 2007 the car facing never ending mechanical problems in almost every rally.

 On the 16th December 2008 , Subaru annouced it's redraw from the WRC events due to the global financial crisis.

However , the Subaru team of  USA  is still competing in Rally America National Championship and there are also a few team utilize Subaru model in the inter continental rally in europe.( IRC )   

 The Six stars symbolize the six company which form Subaru and if we go back behind of the history of this logo is related to the ancient Greek mythology of the Taurus constellation of this stars formation.

I certainly hope that Subaru World Rally Team will come back in the near future and let it shines again.


Restidiecast said...

Hello Kin! A very informative history on Subaru. They have an impressive line up of drivers, in the rally circuit. REgards.

Kin said...

Hi Resti ,

As a matter of fact , it this.But sadly due to the global financial down turn Subaru are force to redraw from this prestige event & don't know when they will come back again.

Let us all pray for a better tomorrow.

Thanks again Resti & hope to see you soon.


CaboReyes said...

Very interesting summary and the video too, I will follow your blog I liked.


Kin said...

Hi CaboReyes ,

1st of all thankyou so much for visit & browse my work & adding me to your family.thankyou.
I certainly also will follow your blog as well.

Thanks ,


komenda said...

Hello Kin,
Wonderful Read! A glorious rally team indeed. Hope they can go back someday in WRC. The present is something to be excited, with the likes of the Ford Fiesta and wishing that VW might also join :-)and the return of Subaru!

Kin said...

Hi Erwin ,

Yeah!!! Those are the glory days for Subaru but sadly not for long & the recent "Tsunami" hammering Japan damn hard & it brings even more damanges to the economy & trade.
Ford fiesta indeed the new star in Junior world rally since 2009.VW is a good entry for such prestige event of rallying.
VW actually which model is competing ? Polo or cross over ?
Must be an exiciting moment for everyone.

Thanks for the visit & comment & hope to see you again.



aiza@ subarucar said...

the Tsunami really has affected everyone including the car industry.Asheville Subaru Car

Kin said...

Hi Aiza ,

Thankyou so much for dropping by again.
Yeah!!! Certainly the recent earth quake & Tsunami really give Japan a massive problems & consider a catastrophe the begining of 2011.
Well we will see how it goes wish they will recover soon & Subaru will survive as well.

Thanks ,