Race car engineering firm Prodrive has announced a modern adoption of Subaru’s legendary Impreza-based 22B. Known as the Prodrive P25, it seeks to give a modern interpretation of the 22B, adding power and technology, keeping true to the iconic look of the original.
At the 1997 Subaru World Rally Championships (WRC) he won the third of three consecutive producers’ championships. To mark that achievement, and to commemorate Subaru’s 40th anniversary, its motorsports division, Subaru Tekinka International (STI), created 22B the following year. More than 400 examples have been created in the limited edition.
The standard WRX STi engine weighed in at 2.2 liters and was officially listed as 280 PS (276 horsepower) as soon as it debuted in Japan’s Gentleman’s Agreement era. The actual output, though, was said to be more than 300 horses. Also, the 22B had some exclusive arrow bits, especially its flared fender and larger wheels to match the WRC car. Today, these cars have sold over $ 300,000 at auction
The Prodrive P25 will use the Impreza car as a base, but is equipped with a modified 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer engine for 400-horsepower. Instead of an old school 5-speed stick, the gears will be changed with a 6-speed pedal-shift semi-automatic. Prodrive says the body will have extensive use of carbon fiber.
Based in the UK, Prodrive has helped build numerous iconic race cars since 2011-13, including the Group A Bastos E30 BMW M3, Dakar Rally Raid Rothmans Porsche 959 and Mini WRC cars. Impreza WRC cars can be counted among them, but in Y2K, Prodrive Prodrive also started making Impreza-based road cars like the P1, from which the name P25 seems to have originated (the “25” part is from the third WRC to 25). Has completed the year. Joy).
At that time, in the UK, as in the US, the hottest Impreza from Subaru was not officially available. Unlike in the US, Subaru did not even offer a 2-door coupe version of the Impreza there. Prodrive began repairing WRX STi Type R coupes imported from Japan, sewing suspension components to better fit British roads and securing the engine to comply with local emissions regulations. Although the WRX STis has crossed the border through a healthy gray market, the Prodrive P1 is the only 100% legal 2-door Impreza available in the country.
David Richards, chairman of Prodrive, said: “The original 22B Impreza is considered the most iconic of the Subaras and is highly sought after. “In order to create our own modern interpretation of the car that has a place in the history of motor driving, we wanted to improve everything that makes that car so special by applying the latest technology.”
Only 25 units will be built, the first to be delivered by the end of the year. The Prodrive P25 will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer. If you are interested in placing an order, you can contact Prodrive on their website.