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How was the performance-oriented Subaru WRX STI born? Credit it to STI’s “Spirit of Challenge”, reports TorqueNews.com.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI launches this summer in showrooms around the globe, but what is the high-performance sedan’s heritage? It all started in 1988 when Subaru Tecnica International (STI) was born. Subaru’s sporty and high-performance nature comes from their motorsport division run by STI located in Tokyo, Japan.

Subaru Tecnica International (STI) was born on April 2, 1988 and they had one purpose, develop and manage Subaru’s motorsports activities, and change the culture to a “Spirit of Challenge.” Just after its inception, STI got to work and immediately set the new spirit in motion. STI set a new 100,000 km world speed record in Arizona with the first-generation Legacy sedan. They changed the compact car landscape forever.

STI then entered the World Rally Challenge (WRC) in 1990 with the Legacy sedan and the new spirit evolved into a full-fledged global challenge. It only takes a few years and Subaru wins a title in 1993. The Legacy is retired quickly and the new Subaru Impreza enters the race.