9 November 2017: Celebrating 25 years since the Subaru Impreza first entered World Rally competition in 1993, a new manual from publisher Haynes takes a unique look under the skin of the legendary rally car.
The Subaru Impreza Group A Rally Car Owners’ Workshop Manual is a comprehensive guide to the anatomy and history of the car which earned huge worldwide appeal thanks to its rallying success, and its iconic sound and appearance – notably its distinctive ‘555’ livery.
Before the Impreza hit the world rally stages and started winning in the mid-1990s, few people outside of Japan had even heard of Subaru cars. However, in partnership with the expertise of Prodrive, Subaru used its endeavours in the World Rally Championship to create a brand appeal that endures to this day.
The manual examines all rally Imprezas but focuses on the Group A car in which the late Colin McRae won the World Rally Championship in 1995. The book also includes extensive personal recollections from the car’s former drivers including Markku Alen, Ari Vatenen and two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz.
Written by award-winning motorsport journalist Andrew van de Burgt, the manual takes a detailed look at the car’s anatomy, including its chassis, suspension, brakes, engine and gearbox – all of which came together to make the car an awesome rallying force.
Supported by numerous archive images and specially commissioned photographs of a restored Group A Impreza today, the manual includes:
- The Impreza story: The origins of Subaru and its motorsport programme
- The Impreza in action: A detailed history of every WRC event in which a ‘works’ rally Impreza competed
- The anatomy of the Impreza: A fascinating look at the key components that made the Group A Impreza a world beater
- The driver’s view: Markku Alen, Ari Vatanen, Carlos Sainz and Pierro Liatti give their views of the car
- The co-driver’s view: How the unsung heroes of rallying felt about the car
- Running a Group A Impreza today: An insight into what is involved in running one of these iconic cars today
- Appendices: The Impreza’s rivals and Group A rally results
Author Andrew van de Burgt said: “The Subaru Impreza, perhaps more than any other race or rally car, transformed the image of the brand and helped to prove that the old motorsport adage of ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ still had some truth to it.
“I have spoken to many of those involved on the original rally programme, as well as the drivers and co-drivers themselves, with the hope of creating a complete and definitive guide to this most iconic car.”
In the book, Andrew also pays tribute to the late Colin McRae, commenting: “He was the poster boy for the Impreza, whose total commitment and spectacular style won him an army of fans the world over.”
The Subaru Impreza Group A Rally Car Owners’ Workshop Manual is priced at £22.99 and available from www.haynes.com. The book number is H6110. The ISBN is 9781785211102. It is published in November 2017.
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