Following on from the £120,000 Lotus Evora Cup that we reported last week, we discovered an alternative for those of you with a spare £120,000 burning a hole in your pocket. Rather than GT racing with a Lotus you could always try your hand at rallying with an FIA specification group N Subaru Impreza.
Well if it was good enough for Kimi Raikkonen…
Prodrive has launched the Impreza N2010, an FIA specification group N rally car that uses the new larger 33mm air restrictor, introduced by the FIA to help balance the performance of Group N and the unrestricted Super2000 rally cars. Increasing the restrictor diameter from 32 to 33mm, fitting high flow fuel injectors and recalibrating the ECU increases peak power by 20 bhp, but more significantly, improves torque and responsiveness throughout the rev range.
The improvements in engine performance have been matched by enhancements to the car’s dynamics. The N2010 Ohlins dampers have been revised with extra travel front and rear, while all the suspension bushes have been strengthened.
“The engine and suspension changes make the N2010 far more competitive,” said Graham Prew, Prodrive sales manager. “On gravel the Impreza is certainly a match for any Super 2000, but it is on tarmac, that the additional engine performance will really come into its own and make the N2010 a competitive alternative to a Super 2000, but at about half the price and with significantly lower running costs.”
The Impreza N2010 prices start at £120,000 and for the first time Prodrive has introduced a financing option to enable the car to be leased over two years with an option to buy the car at the end of the agreement. The package includes insurance and system rebuilds – but obviously NOT covering any rebuilds of the body shell…
Full details of the Impreza N2010’s specification are as follows;
Flat 4-cylinder boxer:
Capacity: 1994 cc
Bore: 92.0 mm
Stroke: 75.0 mm
IHI twin scroll with new design regulation 33 mm restrictor with new roller bearing.
Spark plugs: BRISK
Lightweight battery: Odyssey
Controllers and displays:
Engine: Prodrive-Pectel programmable with removable data storage card.
Centre diff: Prodrive-Pectel programmable fully CAN compliant with selectable diff maps.
Driver’s screen: GEMS CD25 5.5” colour VGA screen with multiple pages including engine, transmission and steering information. Increased integration of control systems and co-driver’s screen.
Hi-flow motorsport catalyst with silencer options available in stainless or titanium.
FIA approved FT3-99 95 litre safety tank centrally mounted under floor.
Gearbox: Prodrive-Hewland five-speed manual dog engagement with revised gear linkage and 2-stage shift light.
Front diff: Plated limited slip
Centre diff: Electro mechanical locking
Rear diff: Plated limited slip
STI, 240 mm six paddle competition, single plate homologated STI cover.
Prodrive manufactured rollcage to FIA compliant MSA homologated.
Revised Öhlins dampers with improved travel, strengthened rear cross-member high performance uprated suspension bushes.
Front: Prodrive-Öhlins TPX 44 MacPherson strut, three-way adjustable with front hydraulic bump stop.
Rear: Prodrive-Öhlins TTX 44 coil-over damper, three-way adjustable on multi-link rear suspension.
Power assisted quickrack (13:1) for left and right hand drive.
PAS cooler (optional)
Wheels: Speedline or Work
Tarmac: 18” x 8” or 17” x 8”
Gravel: 15” x 7”
Snow: 16” x 5.5”
Brakes: AP Racing
Tarmac: front: four-piston 355 mm rear: two-piston 285 mm
Gravel: front: four-piston 295 mm rear: two-piston 285 mm
Handbrake: WRC style vertical lever using STI/AP homologated piston.
Front track: 1,550 mm
Rear track: 1,540 mm
Length: 4,415 mm
Weight: 1,350 kg