This cartoonesque (hence the title) Subaru Impreza WRX STI was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today. It comes from previous bloggee Fuku Saku who has created the GC8 version of the car that featured in the Japanese phenomenon ‘Initial D’. There’s much more of Fuku’s Impreza to see at his Flickr album – click the link above to make the jump!
Subaru Tecnica International had an unfortunate acronym in much of the world. They didn’t change it though, unlike Toyota who renamed the MR2 in France to avoid phonetic embarrassment. Still, aside from standing for an unfortunate side affect of unprotected relations, STI meant some excellent machinery, including this 2000’s Impreza WRX STI recreated by Flickr’s Ralph Savelsberg in his trademark style. Click the link to make the jump to his photostream see more.
Some cars wow the motoring world upon their release, causing a ripple of appreciation for their design, engineering progress and beauty.
This is not one of those cars.
The second generation Subaru Impreza had a lot to live up to. The original was the WRC poster car for a generation, and whilst it may have been a fairly boring Japanese box underneath, turbo-charged engines and all-wheel-drive turned the first generation Impreza (in WRX/STI form at least) into a cult car overnight.
By 2000 though it was time for the difficult sequel, and with the motoring world eagerly expecting something spectacular Subaru launched…. this.
It’s safe to say that the second generation Impreza was not positively received. It was a slightly better car in every respect than the original though, and it still found buyers thanks to its rally pedigree. A much needed facelift in 2004 and again in 2006 lessened the aesthetic stupidity, but the damage was done, ushering in a long decline in Europe that sadly for Subaru shows no sign of abating.
As a result the second generation Impreza is now worth about £50, meaning you can pick up a car with genuine rally pedigree that will beat pretty much anything away from the lights for next-to-nothing. Unfortunately this means the WRX has become the favoured tool of the Donuts-in-a-Parking-Lot-Pikey, ruining Cars & Coffee meets for everyone else the world over.
Which is a shame, because catastrophically ugly though the second generation Impreza WRX is, it’s still a fantastic performance car. It’s just you can’t drive one without wearing a paper bag over your head.
We’ll settle for this one then, a rather delightful Model Team style replica from previous bloggee Alexander Paschoaletto. Alex has captured the second-gen Impreza’s, er… ‘unique’ look brilliantly, and he’s included a detailed engine and interior accessible via an opening hood and four opening doors.
This impeccably recreated replica of Subaru’s famous Impreza WRX STI was discovered by one of our Elves today (now contentedly munching on a blue Smartie).
It’s been built by previous bloggee Rhys’ Pieces and it includes some stellar detailing inside and out. There’s loads more to see at Rhys’ Flickr and MOCpages accounts – click the links for all the photos.
Technic Subaru Imprezas are like buses it seems. You wait ages for one and then two turn up at once. Following Pippasseyoyo’s superb large-scale ‘super car’ style WRX posted earlier in the month, another builder has uploaded their take on Subaru’s rally weapon. Filsawgood‘s Impreza WRX STI is a whole lot smaller, but a whole lot more Power Functions-y too. See more of the remote control Scooby on Eurobricks via the link above.
Ask anyone from the Playstation generation what the most iconic car ever made is and you’ll get only two answers. One; the Nissan Skyline GTR, and Two; the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
Brickshelf’s Pipasseyoyo has recreated the latter in simply astonishing technical detail, using standard LEGO Technic pieces to engineer the Scooby’s four-cylinder boxer engine, five-speed gearbox, symmetrical all-wheel-drive, and fully independent suspension and steering.
There’s a huge gallery of images available to view via the link above, but to really do this model justice it’s needs to be viewed in action. Thankfully Pipasseyoyo’s taken care of that too, with an excellent demonstration video. Watch it below…