This is my 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Coupe. Yes, the sheep in wolf's clothing that teased the US with forbidden fruit. We wouldn't see a true turbocharged WRX in come stateside until the "Bugeye" in 2002, so these earlier Imprezas were just an imitation. Aside from actually being a rather good choice for rallycross the 2.5 RS is still bears that iconic look. Many enthusiasts have purchased them and gone to great lengths to turn them into their Japanese counterparts with EJ207 swaps, big wings, and all kinds of other JDM bits. However, I'm a big fan of rallying, so instead of going to the land of the rising sun, I'm planning on taking my Impreza to the other side of the pond: the United Kingdom.
The home of Prodrive, Colin McRae, Richard Burns, and countless other names that hit home with rally enthusiasts... it's impossible to mention Subaru Rallying without them. That's why I've decided to turn my Impreza into a bit of a tribute to all of that with "The Brit". I'll be collecting bits from everything I can that is related to this era of rallying and tying it all together with this car. WRC parts, bits from some of the "Special Edition" Imprezas that graced the B Roads, anything I can find to pay homage to this important milestone in Subaru's history.
I've already started assembling the cast of parts to make this car a throwback to the champions that put Subaru on the map. I'll be sharing these bits as they get added and tie the car together. These front seats aren't exactly right, but are very close to the Prodrive P1 seats. The rear seats are reminiscent of the RB5 and 22B interior. There's a Prodrive RB5 wing on the trunk and a UKDM grille on the front that are bringing these subtle changes in already, but it all depends on what I can track down. While the internet is swarming with JDM parts, the pieces of history in Britain aren't as simple to find. There's nearly a decade of parts to draw from, so I'm hoping to have a little bit of everything to pay tribute to Subaru's success in the 90s. Still, I'm looking forward to the challenge and finding ways to tie it all in together.