- Pictures by Richard Opie

Subaru Impreza WRX GC8 - Team Scotland AFP - Andy Forrest

What you’re looking at is one the wildest and most thorough Impreza builds on the planet. And it’s Scottish.

Powered by a turbocharged 3.6 litre EG33 Subaru Flat-6, the car now produces 1000bhp without nitrous, and 1200 with it. It runs a Precision PT6870, maning 29.4psi of boost. Those are terrifying numbers. Originally found in the SVX, the engine bears little resemblance to it’s stock form thanks to an Arrow crank, custom AFP cams, ported heads and forged Mahle pistons and 1300cc injectors.. The inlet manifold is painted in a rather lovely Saltire blue. Power is sent to all four wheels - to the rear via an R35 transaxle, and to the front Escort Cosworth diff via a prop shaft and chain drive. Unconventional indeed.

The Mike Tyson of Boxer engines.

The Mike Tyson of Boxer engines.

The aero setup is probably the car’s party piece. The bespoke AMB Aero design uses an ‘Infinity Wing’ canards over the front splitter, generating lateral drag, which doesn’t harm the coefficient. In essence, the front end produces downforce with zero drag. The rear of the car is special too, using massive tunnels that stretch from the flat floor that runs the length of the underbody.

A massive dual-element wing completes the rear end. Under the skin, things are just as special, with a custom double-wishbone setup that retains the stock shock towers for rulebook compliance. Pushrod activation skirts the shock tower deficit. In the rear, the car uses a custom tubular frame, with suspension arms that are as minimalist as possible, as not to disrupt airflow through the tunnels. 6-pot Alcon calipers and giant rotors slow the beast.

High sills and a professional racecar interior make the cabin a special place to be, with an AiM display feeding the key numbers. To put this car into perspective, it put down a 1:26.952 lap at Sydney for WTAC 2017. On the other side of the world, far from home, that’s incredibly impressive.

Corner Office

Corner Office

This may be one of the wildest cars on the planet, and I hope you guys like it as much as I do. Stay safe, wash your hands. Cheers!

Stormtrooper.

Stormtrooper.

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