Is Prodrive about to restore a Subaru Impreza WRC 97?

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Prodrive currently fields 400 horsepower off-road prototypes in off-road rallies and finished second in this year’s edition of the Dakar Rally. However, the British automaker is best known for running the works Subaru team in the FIA ​​World Rally Championship in the 1990s and 2000s. Now it looks like Prodrive is set to reveal a tribute to its rally successes of the late 90s.

Prodrive posted a cryptic teaser on Twitter earlier this week. The tweet features an image of a silhouette drawn to resemble the two-door Subaru Impreza the organization fielded in the late ’90s. The outline of the silhouette is a distinctive shade of blue that matches both the current Prodrive brand image and the color of the Subaru World Rally Cars. P25 was written in the silhouette, and the only text that accompanied the tweet was: “An icon redefined, it’s P25”. with the date of May 25.

Colin McRae driving a Subaru Impreza WRC 97 to victory at the 1997 Rally Australia

Colin McRae driving a Subaru Impreza WRC 97 to victory at the 1997 Rally Australia
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Twenty-five years ago, Colin McRae won five rallies with the team during the 1997 WRC season, more victories than any other driver that season. McRae, the 1995 World Rally Champion, lost the 1997 championship by a single point to Mitsubishi Ralliart’s Tommi Mäkinen. However, Subaru managed to win its third consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship. It was arguably the zenith year of Prodrive and Subaru’s tenure in the World Rally Championship.

While I’m excited to find out what the P25 could be, I don’t expect to see a one-man replica of the turbocharged EJ20-powered compact that terrorized rally stages in the late 90s. and hybridizations made by Prodrive in recent years, it wouldn’t be surprising if the automaker were set to unveil a super-performance, ultra-low-volume compact electric or hybrid in the style of the 1997 Impreza. This supposed P25 would be a similar low-volume effort to the 2000 Impreza Prodrive P1. We’ll have to wait until later this week to know for sure.

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