Travis Pastrana sets Washington Hillclimb record with 800hp Subaru STI

Subaru WRX STI Travis Pastrana

Subaru Motorsports USA driver Travis Pastrana set a new record of five minutes, 28.67 seconds at the recent 2021 Mt. Washington Hillclimb. That's overall victory at the wheel of the Airslayer STI, a 862hp gymkhana 2020 Subaru WRX STI.

Pastrana's new record was 16 seconds faster than his winning time in 2017 up the steep 12.3 kilometers Mt. Washington Auto Road. Even better, Pastrana blitzed the mountain over 45 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.

“New record in the books!” said Pastrana after his winning run. “This car is the perfect machine to do it.

Subaru WRX STI Travis Pastrana

Coming off a second-place finish at Goodwood I really wanted to set a new record here to show what the car could do in the right environment. Luckily, we really had good weather this year and I knew if I could get a clean run in, I’d have a great shot at the 5:44 time. So much fun and I can’t wait to do it again next time!”

The Mt. Washington Hillclimb, traditionally held every three years, is among the most challenging motorsport events in the United States and the oldest hillclimb in North America.

In addition to its long history, the tallest mountain on the East Coast brings famously unpredictable weather and a mixed-surface road, forcing drivers to contend with grip levels that shift suddenly from tarmac to gravel and back again in the middle of the climb.

With an average grade of 12 percent and an uneven surface bounded by serious drops above the treeline, Mt. Washington requires courage, skill and the right equipment for the challenge.

Subaru WRX STI Travis Pastrana

The Airslayer Subaru STI was exactly that proper machine. The highly developed aero package on the Airslayer STI provided a significant downforce advantage against the 600-horsepower WRX STI rally car used by Pastrana to set the 2017 mark.

Along with a significant power bump, major suspension advancements and an ultra-light curb weight, the Airslayer was tailor-made for the wide-open mentality of hillclimbs.

"Still, the level of commitment displayed by Pastrana on the record run meant huge entertainment for the thousands of fans who lined the road at the spectator points along the roadway," Subaru Motorsports USA said.

The rally, rallycross and motocross star celebrated his history-making weekend with a gymkhana-style smoky donut show on his return to the bottom of the mountain. 

Subaru WRX STI Travis Pastrana

Photos from Subaru USA

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