PlusNET - The Smarter Way to Internet!
 :: Home      :: Rallying      :: Subaru Impreza      :: Colin McRae MBE      :: Projects      :: Entertainment      :: Photo Gallery      :: Contact      :: Directory    
 ScoUK.net > subaru-impreza > my2001-impreza-wrx-red-mica
Friday, 4 September, 2015 - 21:58 (UK)  

..:: The Subaru Impreza Story

1. The Subaru Impreza Story, as told by me
2. The History of the Subaru Impreza
3. Special Editions
4. Image Galleries
5. My 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX - Red Mica


..:: My 2001 UK Subaru Impreza WRX - Red Mica

NOTE: This page is SSSOOOOoooo... out of date! Had the car just over a year now, and it looks quite different to the pictures on this page.. Also had a few changes under the skin! Soon I'll report on what all has been done to the car.. Not much left to do now.. It's been one hell of a project at a fraction of the cost it would normally be if I had a garage do all the work! Stay tuned! For a sneek peak check out the Lochindorb gallery! (actually event that's more or less out of date now too.. Someone please give me a kick up the ar*e!)

     

SIDC Member Direct Car Parts Shop

UK Spec Standard 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX Finished in Red Mica 40,000 miles!

Sourced from Sunnyhill Motors in Turrif, Nov 2006.

Black privacy glass fitted which looks sweet against the Red Mica body! Really can't miss it when you see it on the road!

No plans for any modifications at the moment but I'm sure it wont be too long.... :o)
(23/03/07) Nope hasn't taken long at all.. Few cosmetic tweaks here and there since I bought the car, Mud flaps, front grills, fog lamp covers, grill inserts and some vinyl graphics. But the proper modding has started. Front & Rear aluminium top strut braces fitted wont have much affect at the moment unless used in conjunction with other suspension upgrades..

Soon to have the prodrive 3rd decat pipe fitted along with a Prodrive WRSport backbox (ooh burble) can't wait!

Other semi-planned mods are to the suspension. A set of Prodrive/Eibach springs would be nice, stiffer drop links, possibly new Anti-Roll bars. After that getting the suspension geometry reconfigured is a must. May got for the rally Group N settings as opposed to Prodrive configurations which tends to give uneven tyre wear. Only other change would be ECUTek remap for the ECU once the decat and backbox are fitted which would hopefully give bhp a kick up to around 265bhp from 215bhp, and a drop in 0-60 from 5.9sec to 4.8sec (as if it isn't fast enough). The possibilities for modifying truly are endless with these cars. But my pockets aren't that deep *sigh*

21/04/07
Finally got the 3rd cat delete pipe installed today thanks to Wallace Performance in aberdeen for removing the origonal cat pipe which was held in place by very dodgy workmanship!

 

If you spot me, don't forget to gimme a flash and a wave!!!

Useful Subaru Impreza parts Links:

(Coming Soon)

 




 

..:: Featured Motoring News feed

 Autocar RSS Feed

August 2015 figures show continued growth in UK new car registrations
August saw a 9.6% rise in new car registrations, taking the industry into a 42nd consecutive month of growth

New UK car registrations have now been growing for 42 consecutive months following an increase of 9.6% in August, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show.

A total of 79,060 units sold in August takes the year-to-date growth to 6.7%.

The market for alternatively fuelled vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, was up 53.2% year on year, continuing its 2.4% share of the overall market.

Private, business and fleet markets enjoyed increases of 7.2%, 11.8% and 12.1% respectively.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: ?August?s strong performance has again been driven by attractive finance deals and a diverse range of technologically advanced models.

?Britain?s budget-conscious buyers are taking advantage of low regular monthly payments that provide certainty and affordability.?

?With September's new 65-plate now in full swing, we expect UK showrooms to be as busy as ever.?

UK?s best-selling cars in August 2015

1 Ford Fiesta 4,753 units

2 Ford Focus 2,673

3 Volkswagen Golf 2,456

4 Vauxhall Corsa 2,154

5 Volkswagen Polo 1,911

6 Audi A3 1,838

7 Vauxhall Mokka 1,751

8 Vauxhall Astra 1,614

9 BMW 3 Series 1,337

10 Ford Kuga 1,325

UK?s best-selling cars year-to-date

1 Ford Fiesta 85,247 units

2 Vauxhall Corsa 57,165

3 Ford Focus 54,795

4 Volkswagen Golf 45,597

5 Nissan Qashqai 39,596

6 Vauxhall Astra 34,767

7 Volkswagen Polo 34,511

8 Audi A3 31,334

9 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 28,488

10 Fiat 500 27,104

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

CarFest: What's not to like?
What's good and bad about CarFest, and why it's a positive thing for the car industry

When something involves cars, cakes, music and general merriment, and is half an hour from my doorstep, it frankly seems churlish to not attend. Plus, my curiosity had been peaked by the ever-growing furore surrounding Chris Evans? CarFest events, so this year I went along.

There?s plenty about for the automotive obsessive. I particularly enjoyed wandering the car auction, with highlights from the Morris Mini Moke that featured in Prisoner and had clearly seen some neglect since, through to the usual auction exotica, including a rather lovely old Merc SL (which currently tops my personal list of appreciating classics to own one day) and a very retro-brown Land Rover Defender.

Scheckter?s enthusiastic approach to the hill in a Merc A45 AMG, and the sounds and sights of all his F1 cars, were the real highlights of the runners up the hill, although it was a shame that you couldn?t get up close to them in the paddock. Still, while Goodwood FoS still gives free rein in the paddocks, actually getting to the cars often involves a mass bundle, which was never the case at CarFest. It was hardly quiet at the Laverstoke Park-based South event I went to, but it was really laid back and you could always get to what you wanted to see pretty easily, even as a general admission.  

All-in, it?s a really fun, relaxed atmosphere, and one that I found to be quite different from either of the bigger, more glitzy Goodwood events. For a start, you could certainly do the event justice in a day, and there?s loads to do even for those overly bothered by cars. We were in a group of 30-something year olds, so the spectacular array of posh food and booze on offer ? free tasters at the Badger Beer tent were particularly popular - kept us as entertained as the cars. The music is the final element, which hWhen something involves cars, cakes, music and general merriment, and is half an hour from my doorstep, it frankly seems churlish to not attend. Plus, my curiosity had been pqued by the ever-growing furore surrounding Chris Evans? CarFest events, so this year I went along.

There?s plenty about for the automotive obsessive. I particularly enjoyed wandering the car auction, with highlights from the Morris Mini Moke that featured in Prisoner and had clearly seen some neglect since, through to the usual auction exotica, including a rather lovely old Merc SL (which currently tops my personal list of appreciating classics to own one day) and a very retro-brown Land Rover Defender.

Jody Scheckter?s enthusiastic approach to the hill in a Merc A45 AMG, and the sounds and sights of all his F1 cars, were the real highlights of the runners up the hill, although it was a shame that you couldn?t get up close to them in the paddock. Still, while Goodwood FoS still gives free rein in the paddocks, actually getting to the cars often involves a mass bundle, which was never the case at CarFest. It was hardly quiet at the Laverstoke Park-based South event I went to, but it was really laid back and you could always get to what you wanted to see pretty easily.  

All in, it?s a really fun, relaxed atmosphere, and one that I found to be quite different from either of the bigger, more glitzy Goodwood events. For a start, you could certainly do the event justice in a day, and there?s loads to do even for those not overly bothered by cars. We were in a group of 30-something-year-olds, so the spectacular array of posh food and booze on offer ? free tasters at the Badger Beer tent were particularly popular - kept us as entertained as the cars. The music is the final element, which has universal appeal and made the entry cost feel pretty acceptable, particularly factoring in the Children in Need element.

Generally, it all feels more intimate and more family-orientated than Goodwood; more of a country fair complete with cars, and that?s a pretty awesome thing. Certainly, Goodwood FoS and Revival both offer more to see for hardcore enthusiasts, not least a much bigger array of cars, the thrill of proper hill climb time attacks and the full-on racing with the classics. Honestly, given that they're all expensive events and many will choose one, I'd personally go for the Revival. Even so, I can well see why those with young families might choose otherwise, and Carfest is all the better for being different: it?s great fun, funds a remarkable contribution to charity, and makes cars exciting, even for those who might not already be as enthused by them as we are. Sure, the celebrity endorsement can get a bit much. Other than that, what?s not to like?

 

as universal appeal and made the entry cost feel pretty acceptable, particularly factoring in the Children in Need element.

Generally, it all feels more intimate and more family-oriented than Goodwood; more of a country fair complete with cars, and that?s a pretty awesome thing. Certainly, Goodwood FoS and Revival both offer more to see for hardcore enthusiasts, not least a much bigger array of cars, the thrill of proper hill-climb time attacks, and the full-on racing with the classics. Honestly, given that they're all expensive events and many will choose one, I'd go for the Revival. Even so, I can well see why those with young families might choose otherwise, and Carfest is all the better for being different ? it?s great fun, funds a remarkable contribution to charity, and makes cars exciting, even for those who might not already be as enthused by them as we are. Sure, the celebrity endorsement can get a bit much. Other than that, what?s not to like?

BMW 3 Series 318i Sport review
New entry-level 3 Series uses the three-pot turbo motor from the Mini Cooper. We find out if it's up to the job. Our first introduction to the renewed 3 Series suggested the unthinkable: BMW?s bestseller might just have lost its mojo. The range-topping six-cylinder 340i we pitched against Jaguar?s XE in southern Germany was brutally fast, but perhaps not quite the driver?s car we?d been hoping Munich would deliver.Happily a more recent taste of the car ? this time a 320d M Sport on more familiar UK roads and without the unwelcome variable sport steering option ticked ? was far more encouraging, and showed the 3 Series to be, in many if not every respect, much improved.And you?d jolly well hope so, because while it looks barely any different from outside there have been some pretty significant changes. The suspension is now anchored to the body at more points to make it more rigid, the anti-roll bars have been thickened and stiffened, and the whole car has been dropped by 10mm. That?s on top of improvements to the interior and a welcome boost in standard equipment.But now we?re back on foreign soil, this time in northern Spain, for our first try of the new entry-level 318i ? interesting if only because it?s the first time a manufacturer has had the bottle to slot anything less than a four-cylinder engine into an executive saloon.You?ll be familiar with the new 318i?s 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo motor from our reviews of the Mini Cooper and the 2 Series Active Tourer, where it?s proved rather impressive. But satisfying the performance and refinement demands of executive saloon buyers is quite another matter, and that?s the challenge here.

2016 Bentley Bentayga SUV to crack 187mph
Latest video of Bentley's first SUV shows it topping 300km/h, making it the world's fastest SUV. Bentayga is due on sale in 2016 for a starting price upwards of £130,000

The new Bentley Bentayga will be the world's fastest SUV with top speed of at least 187mph when it goes on sale later this year, judging from the latest teaser video released ahead of the car's debut at the forthcoming Frankfurt motor show.

The video shows the Bentayga undergoing high-speed testing at a banked circuit, and includes a close-up on the digital speed display showing 301km/h. That would give the car a top speed of at least 187mph - making it comfortably faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and the Range Rover Sport SVR. You can watch the video below.

Bentley is also preparing an even faster version of the Bentayga, judging by the latest spy pictures of a more extreme version of the company's first SUV.

We've already seen lots of spy shots and 'leaked' official testing pictures of the Bentayga. But now a new version of the car has been caught on camera. It features a different front bumper incorporating larger air intakes and a lower air splitter, plus a small spoiler mounted at the top of the hatchback and more aggressive side skirts. Our photographers also reported that the car sounded considerably more aggressive than other test mules - a sign that it features a more sporty exhaust set-up.  

Bentley has already released an earlier teaser video for the Bentayga, ahead of the car's public debut.

The footage was shot during high-altitude off-road testing in Spain. It shows the car undergoing low-speed manoeuvres on rocky terrain - although the test mule does not appear to have shed any of the mild disguise that remained in recent spy shots. You can watch the video below.

Those spy pictures, taken during hot weather testing in Death Valley, showed the car with a less disguised front.

The round headlights were still camouflaged but the rest of the front was totally undisguised. These pictures were the first time that all air intakes in the front bumper were on show.

2016 Bentley Bentayga: passenger ride

2016 Bentley Bentayga: eight key rivals it must beat

The spy pictures reveal that the production Bentayga will bear little resemblance to the EXP 9 F concept, after that car divided opinion at its 2012 Geneva motor show debut. The Bentayga is due to go on sale early next year and is claimed to combine "pinnacle luxury and performance". 

The new "ultra-luxury" SUV is now in its final test phase, Bentley chairman and CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer recently told Autocar, and the model will come in W12, V8 and plug-in hybrid guises.

He revealed that the hybrid would be capable of covering 30 miles on battery power alone, to cope with future zero-emissions legislation in cities. "This will be a very luxurious model," he said, "but it will also be very fast and very capable." Hybrid versions of the Bentayga are expected to follow around a year after the launch of conventional models.

Bentley has previously revealed the luxurious cabin of the upcoming Bentayga SUV in a video.

The video revealed that the Bentayga will come with a touch-sensitive driving mode selector, which also incorporates the engine's starter button. The driver's display has also been shown, revealing that - in this early depiction at least - the Bentayga's speedometer ends at 320km/h (200mph). That could prove relevant, as from the early stages Bentley bosses were said to have set an ambitous 200mph top speed target for the SUV. 

An advanced night-view assistance package is also showcased as part of the video, as well as a multi-function instrument cluster display that appears to be configurable by the driver.

The Bentayga's unusual name comes from the Roque Bentayga, a dramatically rugged mountain landscape on Gran Canaria in the Atlantic. Initial speculation suggested the model might take the 'Falcon' name.

The Bentayga was previewed by the EXP 9 F concept car at the 2012 Geneva motor show, although rumours of the SUV project go as far back as 2011. Confirmation that Bentley would build the model came in July last year as part of an £800 million investment in the firm's Crewe headquarters.

The final design, which has been aerodynamically optimised to ensure stability at high speeds, is said to have an overall width of around two metres. 

Last summer, Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke revealed that the production car's shape had been signed off, saying: "The concept is completely set apart and was done separately. After Geneva 2012, I was told to do a new one. It's completely different from the concept car.

"The concept was only intended to pose the question, 'Can we do a Bentley SUV?', rather than showing a production car. I started with new parameters and a clean sheet [of paper]." Indeed, Donckerwolke has never seen the EXP 9 F concept in person.

From the outset, Bentley officials are understood to have targeted the car towards emerging but profitable markets such as China and Russia.

Reviewing results of the company's fifth straight record year, which show a 9% increase in sales to 11,020 cars, 87% of which were exported, Dürheimer also hinted at a smaller Bentley SUV model in the future. He said he had great enthusiasm for the SUV market, which was "expanding three times faster than the market as a whole".

Previous predictions of annual sales of 3000 for the full-size SUV "could be conservative", said Dürheimer, who is working towards building 20,000 cars a year at Crewe by 2020. The company says it already has 4000 serious "expressions of interest" in the big SUV, which is yet to be seen by customers. The starting price of the Bentayga is likely to be around £130,000.

Initially, it was understood that Bentley would look to build the SUV in Bratislava, Slovakia, if production at Crewe could not be confirmed.

To reach its aggressive production targets, Bentley will spend £280m this year on building a new R&D centre, across the road from its traditional Pyms Lane site, and plans to add 300 new jobs to its workforce, making 1300 in all. By 2016, total expenditure to ensure that capacity at Crewe "is no longer an issue" will amount to £840 million, Dürheimer said.

See footage of the Bentley Bentayga testing in the video below:

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

2015 Skoda Octavia vRS 230 review
This special-edition Skoda Octavia vRS 230 is the fastest Octavia ever made and the most powerful vRS version. We drive it at the Slovakia Ring You?ve got to feel a little sorry for the Skoda Octavia vRS. It?s consummately loveable for its astonishing practicality allied to cut-price hot hatch thrills but, despite sharing hardware with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it?s always had a whiff of ?know your place? about it in comparison with its illustrious VW stablemate.Yes, it?s got the same MQB platform and engine, but with a Golf GTI you're allowed a Haldex electronic differential and adaptive dampers. You can't get either on the vRS. And the Skoda is heavier than the Golf, so it?ll be left behind in a drag race. Perhaps, then, this vRS 230 special edition is the Octavia?s moment to climb out from under the Golf?s shadow.The 2.0 TSI engine gets an extra 10bhp (hence the 230 badging) thanks to a higher boost pressure and a freer-flowing sports exhaust. Crucially, though, it?s got the e-diff, and when combined, these upgrades make it ten seconds quicker around the Nürburgring than a standard vRS.The vRS?s chiselled looks remain, but with added menace courtesy of a gloss black grille, door mirrors, spoiler and exhaust trims. Red brake calipers and 19in alloys finish the effect.Inside it?s loaded with extra equipment, such as red-stitched electric leather sports seats, sat-nav and a lap timer - presumably so you can validate that Nürburgring boast.

       

Reccomended sites:

---------------------------

  Back to top

  Copyright 1999 - 2015 Alan Addison, ScoUK.net - All Rights Reserved

5quid - page constructed in 0.03 seconds