Subaru teamed up with British rally champion Mark Higgins this month to conquer the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bobsled run in his old heavily modified 2015 WRX STI—and slightly underestimated the challenge, as evidenced by some smashed-up bodywork.
The ex-rally STI was handed over to race-tuner company Prodrive for modifications so that the car could survive the punishing bobsled run.
Modifications were made to the car’s chassis, which was heavily fortified with steel buttresses running along the car’s lower perimeter. The suspension was swapped out with extremely rigid springs and shocks, and the car’s rims and tires were switched out with narrow, studded ice-racing rubber.
Higgins did a great job maintaining control of his STI, but toward the end of the run he had a major loss of control where the car sustained its damage—thankfully he was uninjured in the incident.
The bobsled run in St. Moritz, Switzerland is one of the only runs in the world that isn’t artificially cooled, so the window for Subaru to pull off their stunt was rather narrow.
You can take in all the action in the below video clip supplied by Subaru.