On Sunday, a highway tunnel 80 kilometers west of Tokyo collapsed. A section of concrete 50 to 60 meters long and 20 centimeters thick fell down and onto traffic. As of the time of this writing, several cars were still trapped underneath the rubble. Obviously, this is a sad story all around.
Eagle-eyed car enthusiasts in Japan and America watching the news footage saw a lone Subaru in the marque’s iconic blue paint scheme. Much of its passenger side was damaged from the falling debris. What is the story behind this rare WRX Type RA?*
Well, it happened to be owned by an NHK (Japan’s national broadcaster) employee. He and his wife were in the tunnel when the ceiling started to collapse. He was already in the passing lane so he floored it, passing about ten cars. He made it out. Nothing followed him out of the tunnel, other than a plume of smoke and dust. His wife in the passenger seat was injured.
Can any Subaru experts out there shed more light on this car?
* Type RA stands for Rally and Group A. It is a stripped down version of the regular WRX. Note the roof ventilator, which replaces the heavy and power-draining AC unit.
Images source: This Japanese blog.
For a video of this car, click here, play the video on the top left corner, and skip to 4:40.
Hat tip to You-Know-Who-You-Are for this story.