Travis Pastrana’s new drag racing series has a jump, of course
Travis Pastrana’s Subaru WRX STI, to Gymkhana specifications, is an overwhelming force of nature. With 862 horsepower and all the wings you can imagine, he’s a monster specially designed to complete the wide variety of stunts needed for his recent Gymkhana video. Although the video is over, the car has not ceased to be interesting.
This is where drag racing comes in.
Hoonigan Industries is expanding its “This vs. That” series, which also featured Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang, with a new show for Pastrana’s Subaru. But being content to just take part in adventurous drag races between mismatched cars from different backgrounds is territory that has been dealt with before, so there is a twist. And, because Travis Pastrana drives, that twist is a jump to 150 MPH.
Yes, after each race Pastrana is going to jump the car onto the ramp he jumped at the end of Gymkhana 2020. Not as a separate stunt, but immediately after the actual race. It is designed as a showcase of the extended capabilities of the highly specialized Subaru, a car with the all-wheel drive power needed to compete with the wide range of powerful competition ‘This vs. That’ has become known for without losing its ability to simply jump in. over things at freeway speeds.
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The series, called “Flying Finish”, debuted earlier today. The first race pits Pastrana against Chris Forsberg’s 1300-hp Nissan Altima, one of the few cars in the world to share Subaru’s distinctive blend of family sedan roots, custom widebody, and absurd power. The Altima once beat a modified 1000hp Hellcat in a drag race in a previous “This vs. That”, it should therefore provide a good benchmark as to the efficiency of the Gymkhana Subaru.
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