Snow tires not cutting it out in Colorado so far this year? Perhaps Subaru has the answer for you, at least in theory, a WRX STi equipped with snow tracks! And not just any WRX, a 400 horse power version was shown at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA).
Right now the snow track WRX is a modified rally version of Subaru’s popular all wheel drive car.
Under the hood, the ultimate Subaru snow machine sports a 2.5-liter,
4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled STI engine tuned with a MOTEC M800
ECU. The engine, which kicks out approximately 400 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of
torque, is teamed with a KAPS 5-speed close-ratio dog-engagement gearbox and
the Subaru programmable DCCD (Driver Controlled Center Differential) all-wheel
drive system. Employing custom machined hubs, the drivetrain – which has been
dropped three inches – is mated to Mattracks 105M1-A1 rubber track conversion.
The car also features Group N competition rally dampers made by EXE-TC.
Sorry guys, this is a one off, so no chance of catching this on the Subaru show room anytime soon. But I’m sure someone with deep enough pockets could contact Mattracks, which is responsible for the rubber track system pictured here.