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Riding Shotgun With The Five-Time Rally America Champ

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There's nothing quite like the sound of a high-strung boxer engine in full rage. Each dip of the throttle sends the opposed four-pot barking and popping like some sort of caffeinated prehistoric beast as David Higgins (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/david higgins) shoots his very unique 2012 Subaru WRX STI (http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/wrx+sti/) through a tight section of chicanes on the back side of the DirtFish (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/dirtfish) Rally School's 315-acre playground. He's traveling at the approximate speed of a Japanese bullet train, if bullet trains spent the majority of their time sideways and on ball bearings.


An hour ago, this car was cleaner than a sundress on Sunday.
The cacophony can likely be heard all the way from Snoqualmie Valley to the hipster bars in downtown Seattle (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/seattle/), but situated as I am in the passenger side of the car, all I hear is the rush of gravel pelting the machine's underbelly and my own laughter. Higgins has just sent his hyperactive triceratops pirouetting around a teardrop-shaped hairpin, pivoting the nose on a group of photographers at the apex. He took time to give the group a friendly thumbs-up before grabbing another gear and leaving them all in a cloud of Washington State silt.

An hour ago, this car was cleaner than a sundress on Sunday, meticulously prepared by the guys at Vermont SportsCar (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/vermont+sportscar/). We caught up with the team who built the machine that Higgins drove to his fifth Rally America Championship win last month for a look at what makes this car so **** fast.Continue reading Up close and personal with David Higgins' 2012 Subaru WRX STI Rally Car [w/video] (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/01/up-close-and-personal-with-david-higgins-2012-subaru-wrx-sti-ra/)
Up close and personal with David Higgins' 2012 Subaru WRX STI Rally Car [w/video] (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/01/up-close-and-personal-with-david-higgins-2012-subaru-wrx-sti-ra/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.thesubaruforum.com/rss-term-of-use/).
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