Subaru Motorsports USA recently announced the 2021 Airslayer Global Takeover, an international series of hill climb races, auto shows and enthusiast festival appearances featuring Travis Pastrana’s 862-horsepower WRX STI that appeared in “Gymkhana 2020: Travis Pastrana Takeover.”
The carbon fiber-bodied one-off based on Subaru’s championship-winning rally and rallycross machines is currently starring in Hoonigan’s “Flying Finish: A This vs. That Special” video series, a succession of drag races against high-powered competitors with a twist: every pass by Pastrana features a 100-foot jump across the finish line at triple-digit speeds.
The flight theme from Gymkhana 2020 and Flying Finish will continue with the Airslayer Global Takeover, which kicks off with the release of the Gymkhana 2020 Extended Cut on the Subaru YouTube channel on June 15 featuring more than a minute of additional footage and new stunts.
Subaru will give the Gymkhana 2020 WRX STI its competition debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb Shootout in July, where Pastrana will fight for overall honors in the race up the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hill. Mid-August will see the STI at the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb presented by Yokohama, as Pastrana attempts to break his own record of 5:44.72 from 2017 on the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road.
“From the first test in this STI, I knew we had to use it for more than Gymkhana,” Pastrana said. “So much power and downforce, plus all the rally and rallycross tech in the chassis and suspension–this car is going to be perfect for hillclimbs, where we can really take advantage of this level of performance. Plus, I’m really excited that we can finally share it with fans for the first time as events reopen this summer.”
After its hillclimb schedule wraps up, the WRX STI will be on display at events throughout the summer and fall, including the New York Auto Show in August, Wicked Big Meet in September, Subiefest California in October and November’s Los Angeles Auto Show. More appearances will be announced at a later date.
2021 AIRSLAYER GLOBAL TAKEOVER SCHEDULE
- July 8-11: Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb Shootout — Goodwood, UK
- Aug. 13-15: Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb presented by Yokohama — Pinkham Notch, NH
- Aug. 19-29: New York Auto Show — New York, NY
- Sept. 12: Wicked Big Meet — Stafford, CT
- Oct. 17: Subiefest California — Arcadia, CA
- Nov. 17-28: Los Angeles Auto Show — Los Angeles, CA