When Japanese Grand Touring and World Rally Championship come together, where they belong, on a Subaru.
It’s obvious at first glance that this WRX isn’t your typical daily driver. While it is Ben’s primary means of transportation, it’s heavily modified and still getting better. Inspired by two different forms of motorsport, this car is an aggressive balance of both. Take a look at the S11 WRC2005 Subaru piloted by Petter Solberg or the JGTC Cusco/Advan GT300 and you’ll see where Ben is coming from.
Outside the car, the most obvious modification is the S11 WRC2005 L'aunsport style widebody. This is likely the best widebody or flared version of a WRX I’ve seen; while aggressive once you notice it, it carries a nice factory subtlety. And the rear fenders now extend all the way through the rear doors.
To help fill the gap, four 18x10.5 Volk Racing TE37s with a +22 offset sit at all four corners. Wrapped in 295/30R18 Toyo R888s, the wheels look just right on this thing. And to help stop at speed, Ben upgraded the brakes all around, with two-piece Goodspeed front rotors and Stoptech rears as well as upgraded calipers.
A Cusco GT front lip also looks at home with the widebody and all of the carbon fiber that covers the car. The largest of which is a WRC style carbon fiber hood set up with more WRC spec parts, some of which I’ve never seen in person before.
It doesn’t stop there; L'aunsport WRC carbon fiber mirrors, scoops, rain guards, spoilers. The list goes on and includes a massive 1600mm Voltex Type 2 GT rear wing that adds to the aggressive back end as well as nice piece from HKS Kansai that helps produce a bit more downforce in the rear at speed.
The diffuser isn’t the only thing on the car from Japan, either. Super-rare LHD Arai Motorsports door cards adorn all four doors. STI seats have been swapped in, as well as a bunch of gauges by Defi and a carbon fiber clock pod, also from Arai Motorsports.
While the engine itself is mostly stock, it still makes nearly 300 horsepower, helped by a Blouch 16G XT-R turbo along with a few bolt-ons and STi swaps throughout the bay. And of course the motor sounds great, thanks to a catless Invidia downpipe and a Trust GReddy PE Ti-R catback setup with a titanium muffler.
While the car looks awesome as it sits now, Ben assures me that he has a handful of upgrades in the pipeline already. A Cosworth intake manifold sits behind his seat as I write this, waiting to be powdercoated. Other coming modifications include MSI fuel rails, a Tomei Type S regulator and an authentic WRC radiator duct, of course made of carbon fiber.
Just when I thought I was tired of seeing modded WRXs, Ben’s car reminded me that there are plenty of clean builds out there. Hard work towards a focused goal clearly does pay off when building a car.