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..:: The Subaru Impreza Story

1. The Subaru Impreza Story, as told by me
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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 out of date!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 (actually event that's more or less out of date now too..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!)

       

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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!

 

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New Nissan GT-R planned for 2017
New Nissan GT-R planned for 2017 Nissan?s next-generation sports car won?t launch until 2017 at the earliest, but will feature more aggressive styling than today's model

The next Nissan GT-R won?t make an appearance until at least 2017 and it could be 2018 until the next generation of the firm?s sports car is launched.

Speculative reports have previously claimed that the car will come in 2016 but Nissan?s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura, told Autocar that it is three to four years away. 

According to Nakamura, Nissan has yet to start on the car?s design, although chassis and drivetrain development is underway. It will retain the essential characteristics of the current model, with a nominally rear-wheel drive set up, four-wheel drive on demand and a front-engined configuration.

A hybrid powertrain is also on the cards, and it will remain as a stand-alone model with little similarity to other Nissan products

The next GT-R will also retain the current car?s aggressive look, and Nakamura said it could even be more aggressive and distinctive. He is keen to maintain what he described as the GT-R?s ?boxy, functional appearance. It shouldn?t be too elegant, and it should be brutal, with a rawness?.

The Vision 2020 concept, revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer, will influence the car?s look - but don?t expect a production version of that car. ?It contributes to the overall feeling,? said Nakamura. A much-improved interior, more in keeping with the GT-R?s performance status, is a crucial part of the new car?s make up.  

Before the new car appears, the current GT-R will go through one more facelift before it comes to the end of its ten-year lifespan. ?We?ve been improving it all the time,? said Nakamura, ?and there?s still room to improve.? 

Dan Stevens

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Renault design boss plans crucial new concept car
Renault design boss plans crucial new concept car Laurens van den Acker plans to show a new concept car in 2016 which will shape the company's future design direction

Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker is planning a show concept for 2016 that he expects to be as influential on Renault?s future as the 2010 DeZir electric coupé.

The DeZir set the design direction of the company?s two best-sellers of recent years, the Clio and Captur.

Van den Acker said that the type of car can?t yet be revealed but that by the time the wraps come off it, a new Mégane ? and, more important, a Mégane-based SUV ? will be in the frame.

Meanwhile, he cited the ultra-low-carbon Eolab hybrid concept, shown at the recent Paris show under a French government-sponsored economy car scheme also embraced by PSA Peugeot-Citroën, as giving clues to a future Clio. 

?You can drive this car,? he said. ?It has been created with a large amount of input from engineers and it works already, despite being 100mm narrower in the rear track for aerodynamic reasons. This is a car we could produce for 2018,? he revealed. 

?All of its innovations ? the aero, the carbonfibre doors, the magnesium roof and a lot more ? could be made now. But we need time to put them all into the industrial process,? he said.

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Video: Porsche 911 GT3 vs Ferrari 458 Speciale vs McLaren 650S
It's a three-way supercar showdown at Castle Combe race circuit as Ferrari squares up against Porsche and McLaren

Ferrari?s brilliant 458 Speciale takes on McLaren?s potent 650S and the well-proven Porsche 911 GT3. Which will come out on top at Castle Combe? Steve Sutcliffe referees.

Toyota sells off part of its Tesla stake
Toyota sells off part of its Tesla stake Japanese manufacturer follows Daimler by offloading a portion of its interest in Elon Musk's electric vehicle company

Toyota has sold part of its interest in Tesla, just days after Daimler cashed-in its shares in the US electric vehicle manufacturer.

The relationship between Toyota and Tesla dates back to 2010 and was originally proposed by Akio Toyoda, president and chief executive of the Japanese car giant.

Toyota and Tesla have collaborated on joint-development of the RAV4 electric SUV, which was only sold in selected urban areas in the United States.

Underpinned by a Tesla-designed battery and electric powertrain, the front-wheel-drive RAV4 EV developed from a pipe dream to a reality in just 22 months. The SUV was first revealed in 2012, and roughly 2600 examples have been produced over three years.

But that project is now winding down, and Toyota is putting more emphasis on fuel cell electric vehicles for the future.

No specifics of the sale have been released by Toyota, which is reported to have held a stake of about 2.4 per cent in Tesla. However, the Japanese company has left the door open for potential new technical collaborations in the future.

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Porsche to take on Tesla with electric version of all-new model
Porsche to take on Tesla with electric version of all-new model Secret new mid-sized electric car to go up against Californian company's highly rated Model S

Porsche is plotting a surprise entry into the electric car ranks with an all-new mid-sized liftback that aims to compete with the Tesla Model S.

Currently in the formative stages of development at Porsche?s Weissach R&D centre in Germany, the secret five-door is planned to form part of a new dedicated fifth model range set to slot into the German car maker?s line-up beneath the Panamera, according to German media reports citing comments made by Porsche?s outspoken chairman, Matthias Müller.

While conventional combustion engine versions of the new mid-sized Porsche model are set to take on established luxury class rivals such as the BMW 5-series, an advanced battery-powered variant is tasked with challenging the Model S on both performance and range in what has developed into an increasingly important global market for electric cars in recent years.

Details of Porsche?s first-ever series production electric car remain shrouded in secrecy, though Autocar understands it has been conceived around a second-generation version of the MSB platform that currently underpins the Panamera.

Set to employ a greater percentage of lightweight, hot-formed, high-strength steel and aluminium than today?s structure, it will boast a shorter wheelbase than that of the Panamera and aim to provide the new car with a kerb weight under the Model S?s 2190kg.

Power for the new five-seat Porsche is planned to come from a state-of-the-art synchronous electric motor. It is likely to provide a similar output to the unit used by the Model S ? which offers 416bhp and 443lb ft in its most powerful guise ? in a bid to endow the new Porsche electric car with class-leading performance.

The electric motor will draw energy from a yet-to-be-specified battery. Likely to use a lithium-ion process, it is expected to be developed in partnership with Audi, which is currently in the throes of finalising its first-ever electric car, the R8 e-Tron. It is planned to provide the new car with an all-electric range of more than 250 miles.

Porsche has gained electric car expertise through the development of a number of prototypes in recent years, including the Boxster E ? an all-electric version of the second-generation Boxster that used a 121bhp electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack.

The new Porsche model forms part of a two-pronged attack being readied by Volkswagen-owned companies against Tesla, whose solid sales growth in recent years has led many established car makers to fast track plans for their own battery-powered models.

While Porsche is targeting the Model S, Audi is set to challenge the soon-to-be-introduced Model X with an electric variant of its future range-topping Q8 SUV.

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