Fuji Heavy Industries yesterday announced the withdrawal of Subaru from the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at the end of the 2008 season, a day after Suzuki said it was pulling out from rally racing.
As with Suzuki and Honda in F1, the reasons for FHI’s withdrawal are linked to the deterioration of the global economy. This leaves Ford and Citroen as the only two factory makers for the 2009 season.
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This brings to an end a proud run for the company in the WRC together with British motorsports and automotive engineering group Prodrive, in which a 19 year run has seen Subaru bagging three manufacturer’s championship titles and three driver’s championship titles.
Though it will no longer be involved directly in rally activities, FHI will continue to support teams and drivers that participate in P-WRC or the Group N category.