4 Wheel Drive Function and Form

There is only a handful of cars that can be recognized as revolutionary and amongst all of them, the Subaru GC8 is one.

Introduced in Japan in 1992, the four wheel drive beast was intended to be an “out of the factory” race car for the weekend and a daily driver during the week. Subaru stripped the regular Impreza model, added bigger brakes, bigger wheels, stiffer and lower suspension, pulled most of the creature comforts out, and rebadged it as “RS”. As it’s popularity grew, Subaru kept making small revisions pushing the car to its absolute limits in order to please their customers.

With intentions and dreams to purchase a Mitsubishi Evolution 5, Erick realized early that it would be difficult to do so, because it never reached American shores. The closest thing he could get his hands on was his 2000 Subaru WRX 2.5RS which was the last two door sports car that Subaru had produced. By no means is his WRX stock, it has been completely overhauled and now it’s a GC8 chassis with a 2006 WRX motor and driveline.

Erick wanted to find the balance between race and comfort, and his car is a great example of having the best of both. When it came down to aesthetics, he decided to go the functional route and skipped out on being slammed and flush. At the moment, the car is sitting on Ray’s 57Motorsports G0W7T 17×8 +45 on 235/45/17 Dunlop Direzza Star Specs and you’ll catch him at times rocking his Advan RGs. To stop the blue machine of speed, he upgraded to STI Brembos.

In the pursuit of fast, Erick ditched the stock non-turbo motor it came with and went for the 06 WRX turbo motor. He hasn’t dyno’d it yet but he says it might be pushing out a little over 300 HP to the wheels with all its mods and tune. I myself am jealous because on a good day he can get upwards of 30MPG and my NA MR2 can’t even get past 23.

As I said earlier, he was also looking for a comfy race, and his interior is as well executed as he promised. Sprinkled with Prodrive pieces such as a bucket seat, quick release, and steering wheel, the driver was outfitted with everything needed to replicate the race car feel. He didn’t neglect his passengers, he provided them with comfy Version 7 STi front passenger seat accompanied by a WRX rear bench and a pretty well sounding stereo system, so that they had something else to hear other than the boxer engine in front.

Erick is content with the way the car sits, but nonetheless making it better is always on his mind. He is currently working on another project which is taking most of his time and money, but for now his GC8 is his daily driver race car and we wish him the best of luck on his future builds and projects.

Here’s a link to his build thread:


06 wrx motor
Cosworth Airpump delete
06 STI drivetrain Full DCCD
RPS Clutch (Exedy Twin plate back up
STI Brembos
STI brake master and clutch master
JDM STI aluminum control arms
JDM STI pink lateral links and trailing arms (polished lateral links now!)
Cusco Tranny Mount
TIC tranny Xmember bushing
GroupN Engine mount
Custom CF C-West radiator shroud
helix downpipe
Greddy SP2
Tomei UEL exhaust manifold
VF39(ordered tomei 8265,DW 1000cc,big maf intake)
Grimspeed heat shield
HOME DEPOT RACING MESH tmic fin protector
Port and Polish
Intake Manifold
Throttle Body
TGV delete
Phenolic Spacers
APS turbo inlet pipe
Grimmspeed AOS
Walbro 255
Cobb APv2

Cusco V-Brace
Cusco rear sway
STI steering rack
Whiteline steering rack bushing
Carbing craft cf alternator cover
JDM STI cf front strut bar
TIC race rear diff bushing
Kartboy shifter bushing
kartboy short shifter
Whiteline Outrigger bushings
Whiteline Roll Center Kit
Whiteline rear subframe lock kit
Prodrive coilovers
Prodrive EBC
Prodrive rear diff shield
Prodrive front camber plates
Bakemono Rear camber plates
Custom endlinks

Project Kics NEO Chrome
Ray’s 57Motorsports G0W7T 17×8 +45
235/45/17 dunlop Direzza Star Specs

JDM v7 sti seat
Prodrive bucket seat
Prodrive Steering wheel
Prodrive Quick Release hub
Works bell short boss
ARC shift knob
UK gc8 type RA DCCD cluster
GC8 RA pocket airbag delete
Alcantara door cards
Prodrive floor mats
Pioneer AVIC-D3
03 wrx rear seats
Infinity Components
Fusion Subwoofer
Monster Cable Circuit breaker

JDM aluminum hood
JDM auto folding mirrors!
v6 sti grill
v6 sti front lip
v6 sti rear spats
Varis Rear diffuser
CF RB5 rear spoiler
Flat fuel door
Depo Amber corners
STI underbody trays
Prodrive Induction scoop
JDM gc8 tails
RS Yellow Foglights
German Hella Supertones

-Mustache Torres
Photo Credit: Lorenz Mabutas

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