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Mark Higgins takes on bobsled track in a Subaru WRX STI

By Chris Thompson, 21 Mar 2017 Features

Rally driver throws an STI through some tight turns

Mark Higgins takes on bobsled track in a Subaru WRX STI

Snow everywhere, lots of revs, and no room for error. We’d hate to see the repair bill.

While we wait for the new Subaru WRX STI, we’ve been treated to this over-the-top test run featuring British rally driver Mark Higgins having a crack at a fairly tricky track.

The St Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun was not designed with a four-door car in mind. In fact, it’s designed for a couple of people on a little sled, weighing about a tonne less than the Subie.

The resultant video shows the path to a fairly extensive repair job.

subaru wrx sti bobsled cornerWhile we’re almost always happy to see someone have a go at two-wheeling, we have to wonder if it could have been done without leaving a dirty big ‘bruise’ on the poor Rexy.

We’d be interested to know how Higgins felt after the run, especially considering how much the STI gets thrown around by the sharp, icy bends.

There aren’t too many rally stages which require driving up a wall.

Volkswagen did something similar in the ‘80s when a Mk2 Golf GTI with Jacky Ickx at the helm raced ski champion Andre Arnold down a snowy slope.

There were fewer bits of GTI on the snow by the end of that video, but the track was bigger and the car smaller. We have to commend Subaru for giving this the all clear.

It seems Subaru might have also borrowed the “now let’s race back up” idea. This could just come down to a case of who-wore-it-better.