Since racing competively wtih my first WRX, I’ve owned four high performance vehicles.
2002 Subaru Impeza WRX
The first vehicle used competitively was the 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX. Though completely stock, I got the racing bug early on in the piece. Straight out of the box the ‘Bug-eyed’ WRX was a weapon. Technical specifications put the 2002 All Wheel Drive Impreza as a 160 kilowatt beast that made Porsche’s quake in their boots. The 2001/2002 model was quite controversial at the time as Subaru changed from the award winning shape to the unpopular bug-eyed style.
This vehicle was kept for 18 months and upgraded to an STi in 2003.
2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
The opportunity to upgrade to the STi model was too good an offer to turn down – thanks to the benefits of owning it as a company car.
The 2003 STi is a 195 kilowatt beast that was a whole level above the 2002 model previously owned. Subaru’s ‘peanut-eye’ was a welcomed change to the unloved ‘bug-eye’ – but some still said that the change wasn’t that different from the outgoing model.
Again, with no modifications I was very happy with the increased level of performance gained from the new car. Punting it around the race track really showed the cars’ ability and agility.
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
After holding out for the completely revised model, the 2008 Impreza WRX STI was a completely new car from the ground up. Featuring 221 kilowatts as standard meant that Subaru meant business with their new track weapon.
This time I opted to modify this car to unleash as much potential as possible. Featuring a quad-tipped Maximum Motorsport exhaust and ECUtek flash retune, the car now produces as much as 280 kilowatts at the flywheel or 215 kilowatts at all four wheels.
2010 Subaru Impreza STI Spec C
There comes a time in motorsport when you outgrow the level you’re at and need to step up. In July 2010 I purchased a new motor vehicle to replace the “daily driver” 2008 STI. This will allow for a higher spec’ed vehicle and will incorporate a more competitive tune and setup. Moving to the next level of motorsport has been on the cards for a while, and the new vehicle will include the safety of a roll cage and will benefit from a substantially lighter vehicle.
The car was delivered in late 2010 and was completely stripped and built to tarmac spec.
It’s a 2.0 litre twin scroll Spec C and had only travelled 17kms before the team at Maximum Motorsport stripped it ready for the cage. It was also strengthened in places and lightened in others.
See the build page section to see pictures of the strip and build