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2002 Subaru Impreza WRX - Star Power

By David Pratte, Photography by

The Governator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger has it. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has it. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead singer Anthony Keidis has it. It’s called star power and it’s very difficult to quantify, but whatever it’s made up of these guys have it by the pant load. Maybe star power comes from an inner sense of strength or confidence. Maybe it’s the result of hard work and ambition. Or perhaps it comes from a thick Austrian accent and even thicker biceps.

In the rally world, Four Star Motorsports has some serious star power of its own. As Canada’s most successful rally prep shop, Four Star knows what it takes to win, having earned six Canadian Rally Championships and four North American Rally Cup championships since 1991. They’ve also won 50 Canadian regional and SCCA PRO rally events and are the current record holder at the Mt. Washington Hillclimb event. Having built all manner of trophy-winning, gravel-spitting rally monsters, it’s only fitting that Four Star co-owner Frank Sprongl’s personal street machine is this WRC and Spec-C infused 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX.

To non-Subie fanatics this bug-eye GD Impreza may not look all that unusual, but for those of you who know your Subarus you’ll recognize many of the incredibly rare and super trick pieces bolted to this completely reworked chassis. Starting from the ground up, the hardcore crew at Four Star Motorsports stripped the car down to bare metal and removed 300 lbs from the chassis, just like they would with one of their championship winning rally machines. But rather than pulling weight by simply gutting the interior, Four Star did it the hardcore way by pulling weight out of the chassis instead, much like Subaru did to save weight on their Spec-C version of the STi (the Spec-C version having been specifically designed by Subaru to achieve Group N homologation for competition in FIA/World Rally Championship events). So focused on weight reduction is the Spec-C that it’s equipped with special lightweight glass throughout, a fact not lost on Four Star who used Spec-C glass on their WRX. Further aiding the Four Star Impreza’s diet is a full Prodrive 2002 World Rally Championship (WRC) body kit, including carbon fiber widebody front fenders, front and rear bumpers, side sills, and rear spoiler as well as an aluminum hood. If you’re unfamiliar with Prodrive, these guys have been running Subaru’s WRC program for many years and have also been instrumental in developing race cars at the highest levels of motorsports including Aston Martin Racing in world sports car series and for the Ford Performance Racing team in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The street-legal rally super star conversion process didn’t end there though – the rear fenders were flared by 50mm by Four Star in their on-site body shop (part of their three-building facility that also includes a full tuning shop with four-wheel dyno and a climate-controlled customer car and parts storage building) in order to match the Prodrive front fenders. And in true WRC style, the wheelbase was lengthened 60mm via modified suspension pick-up points and custom control arms that give the front wheels and extra 5-degrees of caster for added high speed stability. Completing the rally-spec exterior conversion are JDM headlights and taillights along with a fresh Four Star Flame Red paint job and magnesium 18x8-inch Speedline WRC wheels and Michelin rubber.

By David Pratte
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