Subaru’s international motorsport activities are limited these days compared to its glory years, but the Subaru of America team is still thriving as a standalone body.
And for 2019, the operation is set to win itself even more fans by reviving a livery first used by the Subaru World Rally Team of the 1990s and 2000s.
Yes, the famous blue and gold colours are back, with a modern interpretation of the famous star cluster graphic first seen on rally cars driven by Colin McRae, Richard Burns and others.
The base WR Blue Pearl paint colour is overlaid with a vivid yellow graphics package, comprising the Subaru star cluster which includes a bigger-than-ever ‘sweep’ stretching to the B-pillars and roof. The ‘Comet’ motif is bigger and bolder than ever as well.
Pleasingly, the Subaru Technica International ‘STI’ logo appears on the front side intakes and rear wing endplates; Subaru says it’s red, but we of course think it’s pink.
Oh, and the gold wheels are back, too.
“These colours are part of our brand’s history, and beloved by our enthusiasts,” said Subaru of America’s Alan Bethke.
“For a generation of rally fans, Subaru is synonymous with blue cars, gold wheels and the iconic star cluster. This new design pays tribute to that heritage, while looking ahead to future success under the Subaru Motorsports name.”
Yes, the rallying division has been renamed Subaru Motorsports, after originally starting out back in 2001 with the formation of Subaru Rally Team USA. Planned activities for 2019 include stage rally, rallycross, record attempts, off-road racing and circuit racing.
The new colours will debut on 14 January at the North American International Auto Show, and race for the first time on March 15-16 at Missouri’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.