Industry News 11/4/2009

E&I: TRAX STI: Ken Block’s New Toy

E&I: TRAX STI: Ken Block’s New Toy

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It seems Ken Block is up to his old tricks yet again. After leaving people shaking their heads with his ridiculous Gymkhana videos, not to mention the shred-rally section of DC's Mtn. Lab 1.5 vid, the DC founder cum modern-day Evil Knievel has once again upped the ante of what can be done with machines. Joining forces with Subaru, Block's newest toy—the TRAX STI—would make even Vin Diesel's character in Fast and Furious bow down like in total unworthiness like a Neon-driving chump. Dubbed the "ultimate backcountry shred car," this veritable snow tank is said to be the world’s fastest cat track operation automobile. Trust me when I say this isn't the usual clunky metal box you may have had the pleasure of riding in if you've been catboarding. The TRAX STI is essentially a Subaru WRX-STI with burly snow cat tracks, and an upgraded-to-the-tits suspension. There are 400 ponies running buck wild under the hood, alongside performance mods including a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine with a KAPS 5-speed close-ratio dog-engagement gearbox. What the what what? I don't get it either. But that's not all. Apparently there is a sleigh (yea, a sleigh) designed to be pulled behind this beast that will carry four shreds and all of their gear. One part complete overkill, one part shredder dream mobile. Either way, there's no doubt the DC team is going to be on some next level shit this winter in terms of stealing the spotlight as they roll straight-luxe into some backcountry spots. Check out the video below to see this monster in action.

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