Sunday, January 13, 2019
Subaru to Race Iconic Blue-and-Gold Colors Once More
Nostalgia is in full swing over at Subaru of America as they’ve taken the covers off their 2019 motorsports livery—one that marks the return of the signature blue-and-gold color scheme of the 1990’s.
The all-new design features a WR Blue Pearl base color with gold-painted wheels. A bright yellow graphics package is dominated by the Subaru star cluster on the doors with a prominent sweep that extends to the B-pillars and roof; a bigger, bolder take on the “Comet” motif made famous by the World Rally Championship-winning Imprezas of Richard Burns and Petter Solberg. The distinctive red logo of Subaru Tecnica International, the brand’s performance division, appears on the front side intakes, rear wing endplates and trunk lid vent panel.
Along with the new livery, Subaru also announced a revision to the structure of its U.S. racing activities, which will now combine stage rally, rallycross, record attempts, off-road racing, and circuit racing under the banner of Subaru Motorsports.
Stage rally has formed the core of Subaru of America’s motorsports program since 2001, when Subaru Rally Team USA was formed in partnership with Vermont SportsCar. The newly announced Subaru Motorsports name reflects a subsequent expansion into a wider range of racing disciplines, all of which showcase core technologies like the Subaru Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
In 2018, Subaru Rally Team USA captured the American Rally Association (ARA) overall title and finished on the podium in the Americas Rallycross (ARX) championship. Subaru also secured a Manufacturer’s Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge TCA class with partner TechSport Racing, claimed a Class 5 win at the Vegas to Reno off-road race with Crawford Performance/Grabowski Brothers Racing, and established a benchmark record at Romania’s famed Transfagarasan Highway with the WRX STI Type RA Time Attack.
Subaru Motorsports will debut the new competition livery and launch its 2019 ARA title defense at Missouri’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, March 15-16.