Described by Subaru as ‘the most radically different Subaru World Rally Car in 15 years’, the new Impreza WRC2008 rocket will be driven by Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson at the Acropolis Rally. The car was first introduced at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and now comes with a radically new styling but retains the Subaru horizontally-opposed turbocharged engine mated to Symmetrical AWD.
“We are very excited to be able to launch the all-new Impreza WRC2008 ahead of schedule” said David Richards, Subaru World Rally Team principal. “It is testament to the dedication and commitment of the team behind the scenes in the UK and at STi in Japan. Just as the latest Impreza road car represents a new era for Subaru so the WRC2008 represents a new era for all of us at the Subaru World Rally Team and I am confident that we will arrive in Greece able to fight competitively.”
Subaru had won the FIA WRC manufacturers’ title for the year 1995, 1996 and 1997 and their last WRC rally success came way back in 2005 at Mexico. Now by replacing its old work-horse, the WRC2007 with WRC2008, Subaru is again entering the ring to try an undo the damage done due to its string of failures in last few years at WRC. We wish them success.
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