May 24, 2022

Subara STI E-RA Concept, a sports car concept with nearly 1,100 horsepower under the hood

Subaru unveils its STI E-RA Concept, an electric car with nearly 1,100 horsepower, as well as the Solterra STI Concept.

Subaru is still very young on the electric vehicle market, but that cannot prevent the brand from working on very ambitious projects. Electrek reports that the automaker just unveiled two new electric car concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show, including its first-ever all-electric racing car. The STI E-RA Concept hints at the brand’s next car for the circuit, with some 1,087 horsepower thanks to its four Yamaha engines and four-wheel drive coupled with a “unique” torque vectoring system for maximize grip and stability.

Subaru unveils its STI E-RA Concept, an electric car with nearly 1,100 horsepower

Although its 60 kWh battery is relatively weak, Subaru is confident that its E-RA car can impress on the track. The brand hopes to achieve a time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds on the famous Nürburgring circuit in the course of 2023. It’s not as fast as the VW ID.R (6 minutes 5 seconds), but it is much faster than the time of the Tesla Model S Plaid (7 minutes 35 seconds). The manufacturer plans to test its E-RA car on Japanese racing circuits later this year.

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As well as the Solterra STI Concept

Subaru has also unveiled a Solterra STI Concept – above – which, as the name suggests, is a sportier version of the upcoming crossover. Subaru has not communicated on the changes made under the hood, but this improved Solterra notably has a roof spoiler and other elements to clearly highlight its improved performance.

That being said, if the E-RA represents Subaru’s plans in the racing automobile, this concept also serves as a true statement of intent. Just like Volkswagen, it shows that the company is quite serious about electric vehicles and can make high-performance cars in addition to mainstream vehicles. The challenge will be to translate the lessons learned from these concepts into production vehicles. Subaru is a latecomer to the electric car market compared to long-time players like VW, Mercedes and GM. It will have to move very quickly if it wants to be able to compete with its competitors.