Subaru claims that the carbon roof not only drops 8 pounds overall and lowers the center of gravity by a couple millimeters but also is so much stiffer that it helps the rear wheels maintain better contact with the road.
Perhaps it was my Alice Donut T-shirt and camo shorts, but I couldn’t get a salesperson to even look at me, let alone give me a test-drive.
The big point, though, is that Subaru could have added 5 extra ponies with just an ECU reflash.
Instead, they re-engineered the necessary parts to add both strength and durability. In addition to the engine mods, third gear is 4.5 percent shorter at 1.590:1.
Cobb or any other tuning company will sell you a kit to add 20 hp for a few hundred bucks.
However, the way the Type RA makes the extra power is impressive.