Is it Snowing in South Bend

David S.
Update by David S. Wallens to the Subaru WRX project car
Mar 23, 2007

While the WRX is still mostly stock, it’s still getting regular workouts. Recognize these number panels? Obviously we needed some new class designations.

So, you’re probably asking yourself, “Self, when are they going to start with the WRX updates?”

Well, they’re coming. The car is going to be part of a top-secret, super-duper editorial exercise, and we’re waiting for warm weather up at The Tire Rack.

In the meanwhile, we have been autocrossing the car in stock form. Well, not totally stock. To preserve the original tires, we bolted on some tires and wheels from our most recent STS tire test—some Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R tires mounted on Rota wheels. Tires always make a huge difference in performance, and these are no different. The increase in grip has made the car fun to autocross. Our best times seem to come when we push the car a little beyond our comfort zone.

Locally we’re running the Street Tire Street Mod class with our Martin Sports Car Club and STU with the SCCA. In both cases, we have to face the Impreza WRX STI. That’s rough. Still, we finished about a second behind the lead pack (but not the overall winner) at our last Martin event, and we took a win at this Sunday’s SCCA contest. We’re currently leading the STU points race.

The next event with the car will be the early-April Mini Prix, a high-speed autocross event.

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