The new Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 race-car was officially resented to the public just a week ahead of its official debut at the Acropolis Rally in Greece on May 29th.
This is the first time that SWRT members will drive a hatchback on their road to glory. And that’s the first time they use blue and silver color scheme, too.
As you can see on the photos, the Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 shares its body with the recently introduced 2008 Subaru Impreza 5-dppr hatch, but wears a wide body kit that provide enough space for its considerably wider tires. Besides a huge wing on the rear door, the WRC-specced car also seems to sport shorter front and rear overhangs allowing for better weight distribution and increasing its overall maneuverability on deeply rutted dirt tracks where you can lose your front or rear bumper in no time.
Of course, there is a strong safety cage inside the cabin that protects the crew in case of a really nasty accident.
While being around 150 kilograms lighter than the base model, the race-car is equipped with a lot more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine producing up to 300 hp at 5500 rpm. The peak torque of gut-wrenching 650Nm, however, is produced at a lot lower range of 3000 rpm. All this power is transferred to all four wheels of the WRC 2008 with their proprietary (and quite famous among Subaru Impreza enthusiasts around the world) Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system.
Since the vehicle is supposed to run both on mud and on tarmac, there are different sets of tires and suspension modes to help it move faster and more efficiently.
See also: 2007 Peugeot 207 Super 2000 rally car