Here’s a little blast from the past to give a little insight into what we were up to 6 years ago (back in 2005). I often like to look back at cars that I’ve had a hand in creating and to see how they stand up over time. It is my primary goal with all of my creative involvement in all projects to help create something as timeless as possible, so this reflection back is important in my study of what works and what does not.Â (To see what I would change 6 years later, see the bottom of the post.)
This STi was owned by a great and passionate Impreza owner named Eric. What we helped him create ended up being one of our first magazine covers and one of our first complete looking demo cars. The results made me so proud that I sent a copy of the magazine to my mom!
We were fortunate with the fact that Eric had big dreams and came to us for our involvement with the desire and means to allow us to get it done. At the time we were promoting specific brands aggressively that we believed in and you can tell our involvement with representing Top Secret and Varis when looking at this car. The car sports authentic Top Secret gold paint on top of what was at the time the full Varis catalog of aero parts (in 2005 we were already Top Secret USA and we had recently begun being Varis USA).
Back then as well as now, I loved every angle of the car except the rear. In my opinion the rear looked incomplete with the Varis carbon trunk but no wing or diffuser. Also of course I always wanted to see an Amuse exhaust on there to finish it off. Although we did not have the wing on in time for the magazine shoot, you can see in the picture above my good friend and past Bulletproof comrade Roo testing out the look of an Ings+1 wing. I had this seemingly crazy idea at the time to make an Ings+1 Z-Power low mount wing for a 350Z fit the Impreza (it was my favorite wing of the time).
The car ultimately was sold from Eric to a new owner shortly after the completion of it and the magazine cover feature. At the time of the magazine shoot the motor was putting out 520 HP to the wheels! The car also had full carbon fiber interior conversion and limited edition JDM Recaro Tomcat seats.
If I could do it again today I’d change:
+20mm one-off blister front fenders
more aggressive and concave offset wheels in 18″ (The car already had these wheels when it came to me)
Varis Euro wing
Top Secret R34 rear diffuser with kevlar vortex generators
Amuse exhaust (I never had a say in the exhaust in the car or I would have suggested Amuse back then)
Keys steering wheel (I had nothing to do with the wheel in this car or I would have suggested Keys or Top Secret back then)
I still love everything else just like I did back then.
The GT-RR demo car in partnership with Toyo Tires and Mobil 1 has its first cover come to new stands. For those readers in the UK – Let me know what you think…I still dont have my copy yet.
Thanks Max Power magazine for the cover! Its always an honor to produce a car that lands on Max Power’s cover. To me, Max is one of the most established and famous brands of tuner magazine in the world.
Now after having the gold S2000 last year and this GT-R this year, I just wonder if I can pull it off three years in a row…damn, pressure is on for next SEMA already (if I decide to build another car or two, who knows…).