Shortly after releasing images of the car in late December, Subaru has shown the updated 2021 BRZ GT300 it will race in Japan’s Super GT championship on track for the first time.
Specifications about the car are few and far between at this stage, meaning it is unclear what mechanical changes have been made over the previous-generation BRZ race car that Subaru used throughout 2020.
Last year’s car sported a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder pumping out 345 hp; the new road-going BRZ features a larger, naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but at this point it’s unknown what engine the race car will use.
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From a visual standpoint, there’s certainly no mistaking the race car from the road car. The front end includes a custom fascia with a newly-designed grille and splitter package, as well as the obligatory yellow-tinted headlights. Subaru’s striking aero package continues at the sides with flared arches and prominent side skirts. Among the key features at the rear are a towering wing and a diffuser.
In this video, the car, which will make its racing debut at the Okayama International Circuit in April, is shown driving around the Fuji Speedway.
As mentioned, the road-going 2021 BRZ has a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is good for 228 hp and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm), respectable improvements over the first-generation car. This engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic with a Sport mode. Underpinning the new car is a stiffer chassis with elements from the Subaru Global Platform.