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Is Prodrive About to Restomod a Subaru Impreza WRC 97?

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Prodrive presently fields 400-horsepower off-road prototypes in cross-country rallies and completed second on this 12 months’s version of the Dakar Rally. Although, the British automobile maker is finest identified for working the Subaru manufacturing facility workforce within the FIA World Rally Championship within the Nineties and 2000s. Now it appears Prodrive is about to disclose an homage to its rally successes of the late ‘90s.

Prodrive posted a cryptic teaser on Twitter earlier this week. The tweet options a picture of a silhouette drawn to resemble the two-door Subaru Impreza fielded by the group within the late ‘90s. The silhouette’s define is a particular shade of blue that each matches Prodrive’s present company branding and the colour of the Subaru World Rally Vehicles. P25 was written throughout the silhouette, and the one textual content that accompanied the tweet was, “An icon redefined, that is P25.” with the date Might twenty fifth.

Colin McRae driving a Subaru Impreza WRC 97 to victory in the 1997 Rally Australia

Colin McRae driving a Subaru Impreza WRC 97 to victory within the 1997 Rally Australia
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Twenty-five years in the past, Colin McRae received 5 rallies with the workforce over the 1997 WRC season, extra victories than every other driver that season. McRae, the 1995 World Rally Champion, misplaced the 1997 championship by a single level to Mitsubishi Ralliart’s Tommi Mäkinen. Although, Subaru was in a position to safe its third consecutive producers’ championship. It was arguably the zenith 12 months of each Prodrive’s and Subaru’s tenure within the World Rally Championship.

Whereas I’m excited to seek out out what the P25 may very well be, I don’t count on to see a one-to-one duplicate of the turbocharged EJ20-powered compact that terrorized rally levels within the late ‘90s. With electrification and hybridization initiatives achieved by Prodrive lately, it wouldn’t be shocking if the automobile builder was about to unveil an extremely low quantity high-performance electrical or hybrid compact within the type of the 1997 Impreza. This assumed P25 can be an analogous low quantity endeavor to the 2000 Impreza Prodrive P1. We’ll have to attend till later this week to make certain.



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