Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
8/24/09 11:59 a.m.

It’s been hard to miss the hours of World Rally coverage airing on the Speed Channel lately. In-car footage showing the likes of World Rally factory hotshoes Tommi Makinen and Petter “Hollywood” Solberg hustling their fire-spitting and wastegate-chirping Imprezas down narrow gravel roads is enough to make any Subaru owner want to don a balaclava and speak with a Nordic accent.

If you’ve become a true fan, you’re also aware of Subaru’s recent onslaught of the U.S. rally scene. Factory drivers such as Mark Lovell clinched the SCCA’s ProRally Open Class for 2001, while David Higgins—a talented British driver—dominated numerous events in 2002, claiming the title in his AV Sport-prepared WRX. Fighting among these top names are the likes of Paul “Pablo” Eklund, Ralph Kosmides and Pat Richard, racers who have built their own rally teams from the ground up, learning lessons the hard way.

With the introduction of the Impreza 2.5 RS—and now the WRX—Subaru owners have become more aware that their cars were designed to scrap it up on forest service roads. Many owners have even ventured out to local SCCA-sanctioned RallyCross events, where they learn that the advantages of all-wheel drive provide numerous benefits on loose and slippery surfaces. Now that they’re hooked, what’s next for the burgeoning rally driver in all of us? How about the SCCA’s Club and ProRally scene for starters?

But first we need to spend a little time discussing the modifications necessary to make our Subarus rally-ready. Despite their excellent design and robust nature, stock Subarus aren’t up to the levels of what a real rally car needs to be in the areas of reliability, safety and durability under extreme conditions. So let’s find out what it takes to convert our daily driver into a gravel-chewing rally beast.

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subrew Reader
10/16/09 12:36 p.m.

Nice article Per! Where's my commission for the photos and text ;)

Chris H.

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