One of the most famous rally cars will have an anniversary version

If a charismatic and spectacular driver in his driving style, and a racing car, for its performance but also for its design, came together, what happened with the Subaru Impreza and Colin McRae could happen

It was in 1995 when the spectacular Scottish Colin McRae he won World Rally Championship, lovers of this discipline of world motorsport began to sprout from all corners of the planet. The rally, at that time, reached corners with its races that the rest of motorsport could not do, thanks to its intrinsic characteristic of running on roadsand not need racetracks to be able to compete.

Thus, thanks to the rally, countries like New Zealand, Kenya, Indonesia or Greece, they had the possibility to see in their territories the best drivers and rally cars in the world, and countries like Argentina or Sweden, in the absence of Formula 1, they also enjoyed a World Cup test.

Perhaps that is why it is that if a charismatic and spectacular driver in his driving style, and a racing car, for its performance but also for its design, came together, what happened with the Subaru Impreza and Colin McRae could happen.

The successes that ended up giving the Japanese brand three drivers' titles and another three constructors'
The successes that ended up giving the Japanese brand three drivers’ titles and another three constructors’

Ever the Multiple Argentine Rally Champion, Gabriel Raies, running one of the editions of those years of the Rally of Argentina, he finished a speed section and told anyone who wanted to listen, that Throughout the first kilometers, he had been finding parts of an electric blue car in several curves, until after a few minutes, the one he found was the Scotsman’s car, with all four wheels pointed at the sky. This was Colin McRae, bold and audacious, and although he stopped racing for Subaru in 1998, after one world championship and three runner-up finishes, the image of the pilot and the car could never be dissociated.

pro drive It is the company that was in charge of Subaru’s sports management in the World Rally Championship. The relationship was born with the 90’s, when the model was the Legacy RS, but from 1995, with the arrival of the impreza, they started the successes that ended up giving the Japanese brand three drivers’ titles and another three constructors’.

To celebrate the 30 years since the first win at Rally New Zealand in 1993, Prodrive has decided launch a new version of the Impreza 22B, the one that was a two-door, and that competed between 1997 and 1998. It will be called the Subaru P25, and it will not be a racing car but a car to legally drive on the streets.

To celebrate 30 years since the first victory in the New Zealand Rally in 1993, Prodrive has decided to launch a new version of the Impreza 22B, the one that was two doors, and which competed between 1997 and 1998. It will be called Subaru P25
To celebrate 30 years since the first victory in the New Zealand Rally in 1993, Prodrive has decided to launch a new version of the Impreza 22B, the one that was two doors, and which competed between 1997 and 1998. It will be called Subaru P25

The P25 will use a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, capable of delivering 400 horsepower, which will be transferred to the floor through a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox with paddles on the steering wheel. The car will naturally incorporate current technology such as many dashboards carbon fiber to keep the weight low and competitive.

Some of the people who worked on the rally car in the late 1990s have been part of the P25 project. In fact, his original designer, Peter Stevenswas the one who defined the design of the new version, and David Lapworth, the brand’s Technical Director, he took care of the engineering, just as he had on the original car.

“The original 22B Impreza is considered the most iconic of the Subarus and is highly sought after.. We wanted to enhance everything that made that car so special by applying the latest technology to create our own modern interpretation of a car that established a place in motorsport history.” President of Prodrive, David Richards.

Some of the people who worked on the rally car in the late 1990s have been part of the P25 project.
Some of the people who worked on the rally car in the late 1990s have been part of the P25 project.

It was announced that there will be only 25 examples of the Subaru P25. It will be presented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​this June, although deliveries will start just before the end of 2022.

It’s a fad, but it’s a nice fad. make tribute cars that restore life, if only through a modern version to those vehicles that They marked history is a tribute to these true works of engineering art.

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