Brief History About Subaru
Subaru was founded in 1953 in Japan by Kenji Kita. The company was created to be the automotive arm of the transportation conglomerate ‘Fuji Heavy Industries’. FHI started out as an aircraft research lab in 1917, setup by Chikuhei Nakajima, and added other automotive businesses as it grew over the years, turning to building scooters in the very early 50’s and eventually adding car production in 1953/54.
Other car manufacturers have owned shares in Subaru and include Nissan from 1968, GM from 1999 and Toyota from 2005, with joint venture in building the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86.
In 1993 Subaru introduced the Impreza, featuring AWD and a turbocharged boxer engine, creating one of the world’s most iconic boy racers cars to hit our roads. Subaru, who already took part in rally race events since the 80’s were quick to put the Impreza Turbo into action in the WRC and created one of the most successful rally cars to date. Although no longer in the WRC event, the Impreza continues to have great success in other rally/rally cross motorsport events.