GT Performance’s 500whp STi!!!

This here is GT Performance’s new Subaru STi. The video was taken at Hyperfest 2010 where their car ran on a track for the first time. Driven by Igor Soykher, their fastest lap of the day was a blistering 1:20. Very nice!

The car is putting down 500whp using a 2.6L stroker motor with a GT35R turbo setup at 21 psi. Some other goodies include CNC heads, ATL fuel cell, Aeromotive rails, and an AEM standalone. What is impressive is that the stock header is still being used in addition with small diameter intercooling piping, on top of a conservative tune. We see a very promising future in this soon to be monster.

It seems like GT Performance has a pretty good grasp in the power department and we believe it is safe to say that they did not neglect the rest of the car. The drivetrain has been beefed up with an Albins 6 speed dog box transmission, Exedy triple carbon clutch, and a Cusco differential. The suspension and brakes have been replaced with MSI components, Stoptech 6-piston calipers, and Pagid pads. Inside the car lies the weld-in roll cage, AIM dash cluster, and an assortment of gauges. On all four corners are Volk wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. The list can go on indefinitely but we will just leave it at that.

We definitely like what we see. Keep it up guys!

The car will be back out at the Pirelli Ultimate Track Car Challenge on July 23rd at the Virginia International Raceway so keep an eye out if you plan on attending.

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Wicked Big Meet – The Largest Subaru Gathering In US History

Nearly 2000 enthusiasts gathered amongst over 1000 Subarus at Wachusett Mountain Ski area for the 5th annual Wicked Big Meet, the largest gathering of Subarus in the make’s history on US soil. Subaru of New England presented the event and enthusiasts drove from as far as Oklahoma to view each other’s cars despite the fog and rain. Says Robert Champion, the director of Wicked Big Meet, “The day was so incredibly foggy that you truly couldn’t see more than a few rows of cars at a time. You could think that you’d reached the edge of the show over and over – with more cars to see each time.”

Champion took over the event last year and under his management, the event has grown over 25% in size – remaining the largest Subaru gathering in the country. “We wanted to keep the event true to it’s roots,” says Champion, “We focused largely on restructuring the WBM team to be more efficient and focused, allowing us to bring in twice as many vendors from previous years and pre-sell over 800 tickets.”


Photo: Kyle Burnell

Among enthusiast vehicles, vendors under tents sold parts and upgrades while providing thousands of dollars of giveaways and prizes to attendees. “We get a lot out of the meet – the turnout was impressive to say the least. It’s always good to touch base with the enthusiast community, and it’s a unique opportunity when you put a product in front of consumers and hear their opinions,” said Chris Candido of Turn 14 and Whiteline. The exposure from Wicked Big Meet impacts sales down the road said Rich of Daddy’s SCP, “It’s a great event to highlight new products, meet many of my old customers, and get some new ones. In the long term we’re making sales up to four months later from folks we met the day of the show.”

Subaru of New England displayed the 2010 Subaru product line and tuners pimped their own modified versions of the cars. One of the most popular was without a doubt rally driver and freestyle motocross star Travis Pastrana’s “Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.” Subaru jump car – the car in which Pastrana jumped 300 feet over water at the Port of Long Beach this past New Year’s Eve. Pastrana is one of the most decorated athletes in action sports, practically defining the genre as a perennial ESPN X Games competitor and medalist. Pastrana also stars in his own popular MTV show, Nitro Circus.


Photo: Andrew Pascarella

Momentum generated from Wicked Big Meet didn’t stop Sunday afternoon as vendors packed up, but continues through social networking on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/wickedbigmeet) and MySubie.com (http://www.mysubie.com), a popular website that provides Subaru enthusiast-specific social networking, event invitations, and classifieds.

Wicked Big Meet has its stage set for 2011, and will continue to provide the best enthusiast experience possible to Subaru devotees and thanks the sponsors and vendors, as well as the enthusiasts for their passion and dedication to Subaru.


Photo: Kyle Burnell

ABOUT WICKED BIG MEET

Wicked Big Meet (http://www.wickedbigmeet.com) is a Subaru enthusiast event in its 5th year of operation. The event’s continued growth due to Subaru’s commitment to its owners is paramount to its success. In the Fall of 2009, Wicked Big Meet gained Robert Champion as director ushering the event into a new decade – providing Subaru owners the best event to meet and engage other owners and vendors, and getting the most out of their Subarus.

-http://www.dirtyimpreza.com/

STI-tuned Subaru Legacy B4 2.5GT tS released in Japan

We’ve grown quite fond of our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT over the past few months, but we can’t help but be somewhat jealous of the STI-tuned Legacy that’s just been released in Japan. Subaru’s in-house tuning department has laid hands on the new-for-2010 Legacy sedan (and the not-for-U.S. wagon!) to create the B4 2.5GT tS, which features a host of cosmetic and dynamic enhancements, even though the turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer remains unchanged.

Visually, the tS (which stands for “Tuned by STI”) gets a new front lip spoiler, as well as a subtle deckled spoiler out back (fixed to the roof on wagon models). New 18-inch alloys wrapped in 225/45-series rubber sit at the corners and appropriate badging is applied all around. Inside, there’s a revised instrument cluster, sport seats, carbon trim, a leather-wrapped STI steering wheel and, of course, STI branding on the shifter and floor mats.

Where the tS gets good, however, is in its performance upgrades, which include a sport exhaust system, a more robust Bilstein suspension, and new strut tower bars. Because the turbocharged flat-four keeps its stock output – 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque – this hotted-up Legacy won’t be any quicker on the street. The other tweaks should make it even more poised during sporty driving, though.

While this may seem like just another juicy piece of Forbidden Fruit, we’re sure that STI has upgrades for the U.S.-spec Legacy in the pipeline. (Please!) Scroll through the gallery below to see the Legacy tS’s upgrades in detail.

-http://www.autoblog.com/

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GD7DRVR’s STi

This hawtness on wheels belongs to a good customer of ours in California. He recently came to us for a few goodies such as the Varis carbon fiber hood and trunk as well as a set of KW Variant 3 coilovers. We must say that his car is coming along quite well and that we are extremely impressed by the fitment of the Varis pieces. They really are the carbon fiber masters!  Keep it up GD7DRVR, we can’t wait to see what else is in store.

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Cosworth STi CS400

“Meet the Subaru Impreza STI CS400. Feel free to forget that rather clunky name if you wish, because you won’t be using it anyway – not when you can call this car the Impreza Cosworth. The subject of rumour and gossip since its existence was confirmed by a brief announcement a couple of months ago, evo has now had exclusive access to the car and the people behind it.

Let’s start with what we already know. The 2.5-litre engine has been tuned to 395bhp – a massive 99bhp gain over the regular STI – allowing the 0-62mph time to drop by 1.5sec to a claimed 3.7sec. Only 75 examples will be built. And that’s about all that’s been made public so far.

Now we can put some flesh on the bones. Subaru, anxious to restore some much-needed sporting credibility to the Impreza, approached Cosworth about a possible collaboration 15 months ago. This may seem an unusual partnership given Subaru’s historic ties with Prodrive in the UK, but Cosworth already had experience with the turbocharged flat-four through its US tuning division. Based in California, it has been modifying boxer engines for the West Coast tuning scene for several years – often extracting between 600 and 800bhp.

So five Imprezas were delivered to Cosworth’s unassuming headquarters in Northampton for work to be carried out. You can read exactly what’s been done to the engine on the opposite page, but it’s worth bearing in mind at this stage that although its reputation has been built on engine development, Cosworth’s talents run deeper. The firm took responsibility for the entire development process, the result of which is a car with new Eibach spring and Bilstein damper units, a 10mm front suspension drop, a 10mm wider rear track and AP Racing front brakes with six-pot calipers gripping 355mm discs with a unique groove pattern.

The aim isn’t to create a trackday special, but a fast road car, one that retains the driveability of the standard STI but, in the words of Kenyon Neads, Subaru UK’s marketing director, ‘takes it to the next level’. He told evo: ‘When you do drive it, I think you’ll find that the dynamics, the composure, stability and power delivery has created a very different and better car.’

The understated appearance of the CS400 backs up his assertions. The rear wing is unaltered, the wheels are still ‘only’ 18s, and the colour choices are limited to silver, red and the dark grey pictured here. Look closer and you might spot the new mesh grille, badges (besides the Cosworth branding, each car will wear an engine signature and a numbered plaque on the door sill) and the darkened glass. Although this car currently wears Toyo rubber, production versions will be fitted with Michelin’s Pilot Sport 3.

Inside, the seats have been re-trimmed and feature fatter bolstering, while the liberal application of piano-black inserts has helped lift the ambience a fraction – though it still doesn’t look or feel like a 50-grand car. Which is what the CS400 is. £49,995 is a near doubling of the £27,590 a standard STI costs, leaving a yawning price gap between the two.

But not necessarily for much longer. ‘This is the ultimate manifestation of where we think we can take the STI,’ Neads told us, ‘but this partnership with Cosworth is ongoing.’ In other words the two firms have invested heavily in this car – too heavily for them to call it quits after just 75 units. So expect to see another model, probably with around 350bhp.

One final thought about the CS400. The reputations of both firms are on the line: for Subaru this is a chance to prove it hasn’t lost its touch, that the hatchback Impreza platform can play host to a drivers’ car every bit as good as the old saloons. For Cosworth this is the first time its name has appeared on a road car since the demise of the Escort Cosworth in 1996. Both are determined to get it right. Let’s hope the chemistry has worked.”

-http://www.evo.co.uk/

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