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    Cool Subaru '08 WRC car to debut in Greece(Acropolis Rally)


    STI (SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL, President Ichiro Kudoh, based in Mitaka Tokyo), a subsidiary company of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), undertaking all motorsport activities for Subaru, announced that the company will compete in Round 7 of the FIA World Rally@Championship (WRC), the "Acropolis Rally" to be held at the end of May with two of the latest evolution models of the Subaru Impreza WRC, the WRC 2008.



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    I was a little surprised that they'd chosen the Acropolis, as it's so tough, but they don't have much choice. Next up is Turkey (another car breaker) and then Finland and Germany (both with their own unique challenges) so they might as well just go for it.

    This should be fun (hopefully for the right reasons)

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    The WRC livery is definitely better looking than USRT. I bet they'll both look awesome with dents, muds, and scratches though.




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    *drooling

    Subyfan, thanks for the pics of Travis's '08 STI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weasel 555 View Post
    Subyfan, thanks for the pics of Travis's '08 STI
    Don't mention it buddy. This was from the Bay Ridge Subaru car show this past Saturday. We were glad to be a part of the event and help the dealer with other eye-pleasing goods.




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    D.A.R.E. STI and Daring Hotties ! ftw
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    more pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by subyfanatic View Post
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    Food for thought...the gold wheels work pretty well with the red WRX...it's the same as mine but I don't have the premium package...
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    On the official Acropolis Rallye site, there are press releases by ELPA in Greek and English. The Greek press release is No. 11 and is written in proper Greek. The English press release is a translation (apparently by Tarzan, King of the Jungle judging by the Grenglish phrasing and semi-literate run-ons etc.) I'd expect better press releases from an event repeatedly voted #1 worldwide by press and competitors alike, and it's disheartening to see ELPA unable or unwilling to write something up in a foreign language correctly. After all, English is among the official EU languages!

    In any case, the press release notes that yellow is replaced by gray in the livery, that the car is totally new, that M. Martin worked it out, and that the 08 model is already faster than the 07 Impreza (granted, the other cars had accomplished this last year, but still, it's exciting to see the Impreza in hatch form and ready to fight at the front!).

    Stages for this year remain focused around Athens, with many/most of the classics present so that addicted spectators can take up their usual spots on well-known routes.

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    More news?

    Looking over the list of entries (official as of early May, but not approved by FIA then) I see that SWRT are fielding two cars for Solberg/Mills and Atkinson/Prevot in Group A, Class 8 (A/8 is WRC class): Impreza WRC 07!?!?

    I assume the list has since been updated given the official press releases, and we'll be seeing the P1 team with WRC08 hatchbacks.

    The third Impreza in A/8 is manned by Ostberg/Unnerud and is also listed as WRC07. Does anyone know if the WRC07 car is still homologated?

    Meanwhile, in Group N/4, there are 12 Imprezas, including one driven by the US driver, Pastrana (with Derek Ringer). I wonder if these guys will have the new car or will be using 07 chassis.
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    Spiros,
    if u scroll thru the images you will see Travis's and Derek Ringers '08STI built by VTCar for STPR coming up in June

    I would assume that Travis and Derek will be running a full spec group n '08 car.
    the group n (pwrc) version car has been competeing since jan

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    ^p.s. i actually posted up about that when it happened
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    Aha! Thanks for that.

    Your link also provided the 2008 Group N Parts Catalogue! I recommend all 08ers look through this, it's very informative both with what parts are homologated and thus offered (suspension, brakes, motor parts, etc.) and also, or even more importantly if you will, what parts are not offered. The parts not offered should be "food for thought." Interesting parts, for example: No huge sway bars; the rallye homologation parts seem to be geared toward a "as little bar as possible" philosophy, and I'm all for that. Great reading.
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    I'm eagerly looking forward to the results of the Acropolis Rally. It would be dis-heartening to see the Subaru under-perform once again and since I have a vested interest in the company's success I am keeping my fingers crossed for a positive outcome. The car being faster is great but we'll see what Solberg does on the course.

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    subyfan,
    well hopefully with all the testing Markko Martin has been doing for SWRT in the 08 WRC Car(since jan) and the success of the grp n 08 car in full competition hopefully it all bodes well for the Acropolis Rally
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    Cool

    Subaru boss David Richards has said that he is confident the team will be able to take a 'very positive step forward' on the Acropolis Rally next weekend, when the outfit debuts its all-new Impreza WRC2008.

    Testing with the Impreza WRC2008, billed as the most 'radically different Subaru World Rally Car in 15 years', has gone well in recent months and so much so that the hatchback is being rolled out earlier than initially planned.

    The launch couldn't come at a better time for the Banbury-based squad either as the recent Rally d'Italia Sardegna exposed just how far behind WRC2008's predecessor was to the Citroen C4 WRC and the Ford Focus RSWRC07, with Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson both well off the pace.


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    Subaru World Rally Team duo Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson have both been given a boost ahead of the Acropolis Rally next weekend, following confirmation that the squad will switch to using the all-new Impreza WRC2008.

    Petter has had a torrid time in recent events and the Norwegian hasn't scored now since the Uddeholm Swedish Rally back in February, the second round in the World Rally Championship.

    Having taken nil points from Mexico, Argentina, Jordan and Sardinia, 'Hollywood' will need a good result in Greece to kick-start his season and give his confidence a well needed lift.

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