Video: Onboard a 600-HP, Subaru Rally Rocket!

In a stunning display of driving skill and courage, Josef Berez, a man made internet-famous with his godly control of a flame-spitting Audi S1, has now turned his attention to something newer, something slightly more responsive, and something just as frighteningly-fast. For classic rally fans, this might be something slightly sacrilegious – but hey, it’s hard to argue with shorter overhangs and modern technology.

Minimizing understeer is the order of the day, though putting the power down is a challenge as well.

The steed of choice is none other than a hawkeye STI, although this one comes with a small nuclear reactor under the hood. Turbo power would be a gross understatement with this powerplant, since whenever the car is straight and Berez depresses the throttle, the monster surges forth with a velocity to rival a Saturn 5 rocket. In fact, that power is enough to spin all four tires at corner exit consistently, and Berez must be on his game to catch the snappy slide.

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That understeer-prone setup had Berez yank the handbrake occasionally to get the rear end rotating slightly into the corner.

His approach into the corner is interesting – constantly balancing the car by prodding the throttle. However, this stab at the gas does occasionally push the front wide, forcing Berez to lift and drop revs before matting it after the apex to ride a small amount of oversteer out of the corner. This mid-corner understeer exacerbates the oversteer once the throttle is applied, but Berez manages to hang onto the slithering tail at the corner exit.

Perhaps the excessive amount of power – somewhere around 600 horses – forced the team to run a somewhat understeer-prone setup, but perhaps that’s just basic Subaru behavior. Nevertheless, the car neutralizes at high speed and carries some incredible speed while showing remarkable stability through the quicker sections. Nevertheless, Berez is plagued by a recalcitrant front end and the understeer was noticeable on this hairpin-heavy course, but the Slovakian ace managed to minimize the problem, as expected.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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