Any point out of Subaru racing often conjures photographs of rally automobiles flying by way of European forests, or rallycross machines catching some air on a brief enviornment observe. However the Subaru Crosstrek Desert Racer is a very completely different animal. It’s a purpose-built automobile designed for a few of the hardest off-road races in North America.
The Crosstrek Desert Racer shares its identify with the Subaru Crosstrek hatchback, however the similarities finish there. It’s a Class 5 Limitless off-road buggy powered by a rear-mounted engine. Constructed by Crawford Efficiency, that engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Subaru boxer-four that makes 300 horsepower. Subaru usually resorts to turbocharging to drag that quantity of energy from its road-car engines. The buggy itself is designed to be as light-weight as attainable, with long-travel suspension that enables it to take care of excessive speeds on tough terrain.
Boxer engines have an extended historical past in off-road racing, first in Volkswagen Beetles, after which in a wide range of purpose-built autos powered by Beetle engines. Whereas Subaru is primarily related to rally and rallycross, the Japanese automaker’s boxer engines have been utilized in off-road buggies “for years,” Quirt Crawford of Crawford Efficiency stated in an announcement. He stated he wished to show how efficient a non-turbocharged boxer engine may very well be in these autos.
The Crosstrek Desert Racer is campaigned by Grabowski Brothers Racing, with backing from Subaru. The racer debuted in 2017 and received its class in 2018 on the 550-mile Las Vegas-to-Reno off-road race. For 2019, the Crosstrek Desert Racer dons Subaru’s basic blue-and-yellow racing livery, first used on rally automobiles throughout Subaru’s World Rally Championship (WRC) glory days within the 1990s and early 2000s.
The primary cease for the Subaru Crosstrek Desert Racer in 2019 would be the Baja 500, which kicks off June 1. Regardless of the identify, the Baja 500 truly covers 487.11 miles, taking racers in a loop round Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. The race group will then return to Nevada to defend its class title within the Las Vegas-to-Reno race. Nevertheless, the largest problem of the season would be the Baja 1000 in November. The legendary race, once more held on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, is taken into account one of many hardest in all of motor sports activities, testing the endurance of each drivers and their autos in a marathon dash over unforgiving desert.