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The Subaru STI E-RA concept is an electric racer

…and that massive aero package suggests it won’t exactly be slow

Published: 14 Jan 2022
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The Tokyo Auto Salon has opened its doors for 2022, and Subaru has rocked up with this absolute monster: the STI E-RA electric racing concept.

Doesn’t look like they’re messing around does it? Developed as part of an in-house study that’s looking into future tech that could be used for carbon-neutral racing, the STI E-RA bears a massive front splitter, air intakes, diffuser and rear wing, plus an F1-style intake above the roof.

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There are no details yet on what powertrain it uses or how fast it would be, but then it’s a concept and those numbers are always a bit pie-in-the-sky anyway. So you’ll have to use your imagination for now.

Also present in Tokyo making its world debut is the Solterra STI concept, a hot version of the all-electric SUV that marked the brand’s first venture into the world of EVs late last year. It gets a roof spoiler, cherry red accents (including under spoilers) and is said to inspire ‘superior driving dynamics’.

Subaru isn’t the first car maker to try its hand at EV racer concepting: the Porsche Mission R raised the bar when it was revealed last year, and who could forget Nissan’s Ariya Single Seater thing from just before Christmas?

Does this latest pair whet your appetite for - and this may be the first time this phrase has been uttered in human history - future hot electric Scoobys? Thoughts below, please.

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