As a kid, growing up I was surrounded by cars. Older cars were always the talk in my family. One day around the age of 6 my grandfather asked me to take a ride to the parts store in my home town and that was it. I was like a kid in a candy shop, asking tons of questions about performance parts and anything hanging on the racks. As I started to see movies and shows started showing newer modern cars that's when I started to love them as well as classics and I knew I wanted something cool when I could drive.
Ten years later I was 16, getting my driving permit and trying to find that first car. I started at the bottom. A 1994 Toyota tercel was my first car and within the first two weeks it had wheels and an exhaust and I was hooked. After that I met a neighbor of mine with a boosted 94 civic hatch and I had to have one. Just before I turned seventeen I found myself in the driver’s seat of a 94 hatch that by some coincidence was boosted on 22 pounds and dear god was it fast. After about six months and barely knowing how to drive it I traded for a 92 cb7 that was on the ground. Very ratty but still cool. I ran that until the winter and after that winter it just never started again.
Now that brings us to the winter of 2014. After watching world rally cross, friends that own them, and seeing gymkhana videos I knew what my next car would be. A Subaru Impreza STI. As you'll find out I got a little bit less then what I wanted. I got the Subaru and Impreza part but the STI was a bit far out of my 18 year old price range. But after knowing a good friend named Nick Minnis for a while he finally saw it was time to sell his 2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i and I saw it as the perfect platform. After coming from the turbo Honda scene moving to an all-wheel drive naturally aspirated family sedan was great but speed was lacking. When I picked the car up in January of 2014 I did know what I had in store but I had been looking at parts for months when the idea first popped in my head. When I bought it the car was on race lands and on xxrs that were 4 different colors and also had a STI wing. The two things I knew were that once the snow melted I was going lower and getting new wheels.
Little did I know the events to come after that snow melted wasn't even the beginning. I can say I didn't stand by my word of going lower and getting new wheels when the snow melted because it took me 9 months to get new wheels and over a year to go lower...
And here we are today. My car all in all has come together in the first 8 months of 2015. After a good winter of saving and working it was time to enter the big leagues. And kill it for the new season. I decided to go with BC racing coil overs with the extreme low option. They gave me a huge adjustment range and good alignment options to dial everything in. After the xxrs I went to Mercedes Benz wheels then to Alzor 40s and now on avid1s. The final specs were 18x9.5 with a 0 offset with spacers. I had picked up some racecar aero parts for the front lip, side skirt runners and a voltex rear diffuser. The other mods that came along, straight pipes, STI front seats, Corbeau harnesses, an NRG steering wheel, hub, and quick release ,spec-d head lights, 04 STI taillights, custom shift boot, Along with custom chameleon center dash and vent circles. After the car was pretty far along and the fitment was good I got a chance to be sponsored by a body shop. The brute force took me in as a team car and basically told me we could do whatever I wanted too. This was the one time I really didn't know what to do. The possibilities were endless. When the car went in the plan was to get the trunk, bumper, wing, hood, and scoop resprayed. That changed in about an hour with the parts listed above we added the side skirts and wheels. After the car came back from paint it was on I took out the STI seats and I added Corbeau Forza wide seats and those topped it off for the season, H2Oi and the upcoming Oktoberfest.
The future is very bright for the build hoping to move to some wide aggressive 3-piece wheels, possibly wide body and in the end a H6 boxer motor with a single turbo set up paired with a built STI six-speed transmission. The car is nowhere near in its final state but hopefully will all come together I the next few years.
Thanks for reading and enjoying my build. -Evan