America, Inc. will show a one-of-a-kind Subaru Impreza WRX STI
designed for its factory rally driver Travis Pastrana at the Chicago
Auto Show, February 13-22 in McCormick Place. Subaru worked with
Pastrana to create a brilliant yellow "199" liveried WRX STI to
commemorate his third consecutive Rally America National
Championship. Pastrana is scheduled to appear at the Chicago Auto
Show to sign autographs in the Subaru booth February 14th and 15th.
Winner of nine X Games Gold Medals, two for X Games Rally
competition, Pastrana's street ride had to be as formidable on the
road as his racing WRX STI is on the rally circuit. The Travis
Pastrana WRX STI is not only a visual stunner, but also amps up
performance capability of the stock production Impreza WRX STI.
Vermont SportsCar, technical partner for Subaru and builder of the
team's rally cars, customized the WRX STI using an array of Subaru
Performance Tuning (SPT) and STI parts, along with unique custom
pieces. The SPT and STI engine, exhaust, chassis and interior parts
showcased on the Travis Pastrana WRX STI are available for any WRX
STI through authorized Subaru dealers.
Travis Pastrana: Rally Star
Pastrana was already a motocross champion and X Games gold medal
winner when he launched a rally career in 2003. He began driving for
the Subaru-backed Vermont SportsCar rally team in 2004.
On August 5, 2006 Pastrana won the gold medal in the first rally car
competition at the X Games and was signed to lead the new Subaru
Rally Team USA in 2006. Pastrana secured his third consecutive Rally
America National Championship driver's title with a win at the 2008
Rally Colorado round of the championship.
Pastrana WRX STI: Back-Road and Highway Star
Commissioned by Subaru, Vermont SportsCar started the Travis
Pastrana WRX STI with a stock 305-horsepower 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
STI. Pastrana's new WRX STI delivers even sharper handling response
than the stock model. An SPT front strut tower brace and SPT lower
chassis brace help to further tighten handling response. The stock
wheels and tires are replaced by BF Goodrich G-Force Super Sport A/S
275/35 ZR18 tires on Work Evolution XD-9 18 x 9-in. wheels in custom
satin black. Red STI Brembo brake calipers with white "STI" decals
are visible behind the spokes.
The rally-bred WRX STI exterior design lights up with custom yellow
paint and graphics. The carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber rear wing
are unique to the Pastrana's WRX STI. As on the stock production WRX
STI, the functional hood scoop streams outside air to an
intercooler. The Sport Mesh Grille is available for all WRX STI
owners. Likewise, the STI front chin spoiler and the exhaust
finishers are available through Subaru dealers. A set of PIAA 2100
HID driving lights and rally-spec mud flaps underscore the
aggressive rally-bred design of the 5-door WRX STI.
Under its custom carbon fiber hood, this WRX STI is equipped with a
number of modifications including a performance-tuned ECU and custom
Down Pipe to unleash a bit more power from the DOHC 2.5-liter
intercooled turbo Boxer engine. A turbo boost gauge facilitates
tuning. The SPT billet aluminum battery hold-down and billet
aluminum oil cap are rendered in the trademark SPT blue color.
The custom blue Alcantara interior upholstery, the trademark of the
original U.S.-spec WRX STIs, is accented with Pastrana's traditional
yellow piping and "199 Pastrana" embroidered logos in yellow thread
to match vehicle exterior. Likewise, custom yellow stitching is used
to accent the steering wheel, shifter boot and parking brake handle
boot. An STI short-throw shifter provides an even more direct
connection to the 6-speed manual gearbox. Carbon fiber patterned
interior trim highlights the dash, doors and console. A rally map
light and co-driver foot rest bring a bit of Pastrana's Subaru Rally
Team USA car into his new street WRX STI.
During a rally, Pastrana listens to a continuous stream of
navigation commands from his co-driver. In his new custom WRX STI,
he can listen to anything he wants - loudly. The audio system is
based on an Eclipse AVN 6620 navigation/DVD/CD/MP3 stereo head unit
and uses Kicker amplifiers and speakers, including:
* Kicker ZX700.5 4x75 watt and 1x400 watt stereo amplifier
* Kicker RS65.2 6.5-in. component speakers, front
* Kicker RS56.2 5.25/6-in. component speakers, rear
* Kicker Solo-Baric L5 10-in. subwoofer in a custom
An Xbox 360 is also mounted under the front passenger seat, rounding
a package that is as entertaining as its owner. Pastrana and his
co-driver can play the Colin McRae DIRT video game using custom