Unknowns are a fact of life, whether you want to acknowledge them or not. Every day holds challenges and opportunities that are overcome, seized or ignored. Just like how you sometimes have to take a bold line to make a pass, you’ll never really test yourself unless you step off the known path and blaze a new trail. We ain’t saying we fashion ourselves to be a regular Christopher Columbus, maybe a bit like Captain Kirk who was a way more awesome dude, but sometimes you just have to think outside the box or in this case, inside the boxer.
The Subaru Impreza has been a global phenom on the rally circuit for the better part of two decades. Its first iteration, often referred to by the chassis code “GC”, catapulted the likes of rally legend Colin McCrae, a true max attack driver, to the top of the sport.
But in the world of road racing, the GC Impreza never really caught on. In North America the Impreza 2.5RS was Subaru’s sportiest model. Though it possessed the same aggressive stance and scoop-festooned hood of its overseas siblings, it lacked the turbocharged punch of the Japanese and European counterparts. With the introduction of the WRX to the North American market in ’02 the 2.5RS slipped even further off the radar of many enthusiasts.
A neglected opportunity perhaps, as there are some key traits to take note of. The 2.5 liter naturally aspirated boxer engine is larger than any other four cylinder in its class and gives the RS good torque and a broad power band. The chassis is also very light for an AWD car and the rally inspired suspension provides fun stable handling.
This year’s Devil in the Dark endurance race was the debut for our newly built ITS classed Impreza 2.5RS. Our car was largely untested, so it was not surprising a few glitches occurred during practice. Addressing these teething problems caused us to miss our qualifying session, relegating us to near the back of the field in 44th starting position.
However once the green flag fell our car ran largely trouble free for the entire twelve hours. The Devil did try sticking a pitchfork in our plans with some on-track scuffles, which gave our Impreza a few character building battle scars that would do its rally racing siblings proud.
Thanks to the patience and talent of our driver lineup, aided by excellent pit work from our crew, we steadily clawed our way from the back to a respectable 20th place finish overall. With a solid debut for our Impreza, Maximum Attack Motorsports will continue exploring new territory, with the goal of putting it on the map as a competitive IT car.