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WRC: Petter Solberg takes 2nd Place in a new car!


This is really BIG news in the racing world for Subaru, one of the biggest names in the World Rally Championship.   Why is this such good news?  Subaru has had a rough run in the WRC over the last two years…Petter Solberg, their lead driver, has had tons of car problems, bad luck on the race courses, and even trouble from the WRC Officials.  Petter is regarded as one of the best drivers in the world but in the last season he couldn’t finish in the top three to save his life.  But Subaru knows they have one of the best drivers, so they just produced a better car for him to drive.  The new Subaru WRC car is a hatchback, the ideal body style for drifting in mud, dirt, snow, and tarmac.  The 2.0 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine produces 300 horsepower, per WRC regulations, but also manages to crank out 480 ft. lbs. of torque!  This new monster is just what Petter needed to get back on top, shown by him finishing 2nd place overall driving a new car in the toughest rally of the WRC.  The Acropolis Rally is in Greece, characterized by loose dirt and big rocks.  This means there is little grip on the track and even littler room for error.  Yet Solberg was able to keep it together and finish second, although Sebastian Loeb still reigns supreme in his Citroen.

Next up is Rally Turkey and I look forward to seeing Petter on the podium with another trophy in his hands.  For those who are interested, make sure to check out the pics of the new Subie below.