View Full Version : Chicago 2008: Subaru and Vermont Sports Car build the Pastrana WRX STI

02-10-2009, 10:10 AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI Travis Pastrana Edition

Subaru may have halted its World Rally Championship campaign (http://www.autoblog.com/2008/12/16/officially-official-subaru-leaving-world-rally-championship/), but that isn't stopping the automaker from playing to the hopes and dreams of its enthusiast base and one of the sports' most visible characters. At the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru will take the wraps off the Impreza WRX STI Travis Pastana Edition, a one-make road-going rally machine almost entirely created by raiding the STI and SPT parts bin.

Subaru worked with Pastrana and Vermont Sports Car to create a mildly tuned variant of the STI, beginning with a custom down-pipe and a tweaked ECU. A front strut brace and a SPT lower chassis brace work in conjunction with satin black 18x9-inch Work Evolution wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich G-Force Super Sport A/S tires (sized 275/35 all around).

The rest of the mods are typical SEMA fare, including the yellow paint scheme, sticker job, carbon fiber hood and rear wing, along with a mesh grille, front chin spoiler, exhaust tips, mud flaps and PIAA 2100 HID driving lights. Inside, blue alcantara upholstery joins yellow piping, "199 Pastrana" embroidered logos, matching shift boot, steering wheel and parking brake handle and carbon fiber trim. Although the rally map light, short-throw shifter and passenger side metal foot rest may fool some rally fans some of the time, the Eclipse head unit, mass of Kicker speakers and Xbox 360 make it clear that this one-of-a-kind STI is little more than a show piece designed to draw attention to an otherwise spartan booth. Hit the jump for all the details.Continue reading Chicago 2008: Subaru and Vermont Sports Car build the Pastrana WRX STI (http://www.autoblog.com/2009/02/10/chicago-2008-subaru-and-vermont-sports-car-build-the-pastrana-w/)
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