Prodrive, the company behind Subaru’s 1990 WRC success, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the WRC debut of the winner of the Impreza World Rally Car, the restored and upgraded Imprezas badge P25.
The UK firm has developed the original Impreza Works rally car for Subaru’s WRC program and says the 25 new car limited races will draw inspiration from both the rally car and the legendary 22B Road car Subaru built to mark its overall victory in the 1997 championship. .
Prodrive will unveil the P25 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month and has chosen to release only a single sketch and some very basic technical details before that unveiling. The image shows a two-door first-generation Impreza that looks, on one side of the wheel, almost identical to a 22B, and appears to be finished in the same sonic blue. This may lead you to believe that the P25 has become a simpler series of cars like the Aston Martin and Jaguar in recent years.
But Prodrive says modern technology ensures that the P25 is more powerful, lighter and handles better than an original Impressor. This ensures that the engine produces a 2.5-liter flat-four that produces “more” 400 hp (406 PS) and is combined with a six-speed semi-automatic pedal-shift transmission instead of the original Impressor’s five-speed manual. Prodrive further claims that the P25 will make extensive use of carbon fiber to reduce the weight of the chassis.
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The original 22B was made by Subaru in Japan, but 400 of the 424 were destined for the home market, meaning thousands of Impreza fans have been missed elsewhere in the world. This led Prodrive to create a P1, apparently similar to European fans, but slightly less external.
Dave Richards, the founder of Prodrive, was apparently responsible for bringing this idea to life. “The original 22B Impreza is considered the most iconic of the Subaras and is highly sought after,” he said. “In order to create our own modern interpretation of a car that has made a place in the history of motor driving, we wanted to improve everything that made that car special by applying all that modern technology.”
– ProDrive (@ ProDrive) May 18, 2022
Richards’ P25 development team includes McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens, who created the look of the original Rally car, and David Lapworth, technical director of ProDrive, who was responsible for the engineering aspects of the WRC program 25 years ago.
Prodrive says it is now showing interest and the first of 25 vehicles will be delivered later this year. No word on price, but we’ll assume you’ll need a supercar-sized budget to get your name on the list.