St. Moritz, the luxury alpine resort town in Switzerland is more commonly known as the place to be for those who want enjoy a luxurious winter vacation. The town is also popular for having held the Winter Olympics twice and is home to the infamous St. Moritz-Celerina Olympia Bobrun, which features a 200-degree banked hairpin called the Horse-shoe. There are no Olympic bobsledders this time however, as Three-time WRC Champion Mark Higgins will be the one “bobsledding” down the track in a Subaru WRX STI.
Helping out with the “bobsledding” attempt is Subaru World Rally Team Chief Engineer Richard Thompson. For 20 years, he has been a veteran of the British motorsport shop Prodrive, and has worked on everything from Le Mans racecars to World Rally STIs. This makes him perfect for tackling the Prodrive built STI which will tackle the Olympia Bobrun.
Mechanical changes to the bobsled STI are relatively minor compared to the other builds Prodrive has made. They fitted a tougher clutch and bigger AP Racing front brakes with brake pads that would work with the cold weather in the area. Meanwhile, the OEM wheels have been swapped out to 16-inch by 5.5-inch wheels on 135-section tires with 7.6mm tungsten tire bristles to stick to the snow/icy track.
Inside, the gas tank has been ditched for a 10-liter fuel cell, while the glass has been replaced with lightweight scratch-proof Lexan. It also gets a full rollcage, FIA-approved seats and a side-protection net to protect the driver should things go wrong. Additional bracing has also been made to protect the wheels and suspension of the car.
It’s one thing building the car, but its another to drive around the tight bobsled track that is only 20cm wider than the STI. With Mark Higgins behind the wheel, will he be able to finish the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympia Bobrun in his Subaru? Check out the video here.