Pro-Drive P25 Is the Perfect Subaru WRC Replica

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Photo credit: Michael Shaffer
Photo credit: Michael Shaffer
  • The UK-based motorsports technology firm Pro-Drive has built 25 replica World Rally Car Subaru Impreza WRXs.

  • Named the P25, Pro-Drive fully retrofitted Impreza shells with upgraded EJ25 engines, a 6-speed sequential transmission, and modern instruments and drive modes.

  • At the price of $484,000, all 25 units have sold out and will be delivered to customers in the coming months.

"Peter Stevens remit was to make it look like it was doing 100 miles an hour in the carpark," a representative for Pro-Drive explained on Saturday morning, a V-10 exhaust note wailing through the forest. Just behind the hillclimb course at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, Pro-Drive was giving an exclusive showing of its new P25 WRC Impreza prototype. In less than an hour, the $484,000 World Rally Blue replica would be rumbling its way up the hill, one of 25 in the world.

On its face, the recipe is a tried and true Subaru success. An EJ25 engine meets symmetrical all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. Big piston brakes and adjustable dampers follow. But Pro-Drive didn't stop there.

Photo credit: Michael Shaffer
Photo credit: Michael Shaffer

A six-speed X-shift sequential gearbox allows for paddle shifting through its helical gears while an active center differential plus limited-slip front and rear differentials control the power output. Bilstein provides the two-way adjustable dampers and AP Racing supplies the biting six-piston front and four-piston rear brake hardware. In a final mechanical touch, a WRC-style fly-off handbrake has been added, which will automatically disengage the center differential when pulled.

Photo credit: Michael Shaffer
Photo credit: Michael Shaffer

All 25 of the coming units have already been sold, and delivery is expected to begin in the next few months. Before they are delivered, Pro-Drive will run the prototype through 12 weeks of hard testing, then take apart the engine and calibrate the final power output and service intervals. Once complete, the pre-paid P25 customers will begin receiving their one-of-a-kind replicas, available in left- and right-hand drive.

Photo credit: Michael Shaffer
Photo credit: Michael Shaffer