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Thread: Prodrive "P2" Super Car (based on Subaru Impreza Components)

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    Default Prodrive "P2" Super Car (based on Subaru Impreza Components)

    A completely new kind of supercar, based on tweaked Subaru Impreza components but barely bigger than a Ford Fiesta, is under development at Prodrive, the Banbury-based engineering group which builds both Subaru’s world rally cars and Aston Martin’s DBR9 GT racing car.

    The 160mph hard-top two-seater, code-named P2, has no equivalent among current production cars, though it bears a superficial resemblance to rally-bred supercars of the past such as the Lancia Stratos and Ford RS200. Like these cars it is potentially extremely fast and agile, but unlike them it’s designed to use a far higher percentage of production components, and to be built to a ‘notional’ purchase price of around £40k.

    The engine is a front-mounted version of Subaru’s familiar 2.0 litre turbocharged flat-four engine with well over 300bhp on tap. The car will weigh only about 1000kg, so performance should match a Ferrari F430’s or Lamborghini Gallardo’s. However, the Prodrive coupé’s small size, short overhangs, optimal weight distribution (from elements such as side-mounted radiators) – plus its Subaru-sourced 4x4 drive train – should make it considerably more agile than conventional mid-engined supercars. The suspension, brakes and steering are also sourced from the Impreza.

    The project is the brainchild of David Richards, Prodrive’s founder and chairman, who describes the car as a technology demonstrator, intended to showcase his firm’s automotive design and engineering talents. The coupé will feature new stability and turbo anti-lag systems, both devised at Prodrive. Though the project is only three months old, the car is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year, because Richards wants to demonstrate Prodrive’s speed and flexibility at realising projects. There is no production plan at present, and Prodrive hasn’t arrived at an official name for the project. But it seems unlikely that Subaru – with whom Prodrive has a long and fruitful relationship – will be unmoved by news of an enticing project which uses so many of its components in a revolutionary way. Sources at Prodrive are keeping tight-lipped about Subaru’s involvement, but an early viewing of the coupé project by the Japanese company’s bosses seems more than likely.
    Prodrive Builds Pint-Sized Supercar on Impreza Rally Running Gear

    BANBURY, England — Performance car specialist Prodrive, the team behind Subaru's successful World Rally Championship effort, is developing a new "pocket rocket" supercar based on Subaru Impreza components.

    The 160-mph two-seater coupe, code-named P2, will be no bigger than a European subcompact. It is bound to revive memories of compact, rally-bred performance cars such as the Lancia Stratos and Ford RS200.

    The P2 will be powered by a front-mounted version of Subaru's 300-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine driving all four wheels, but it will weigh only about 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds), so it should have performance to match a Ferrari F430.

    And as the car will use a high proportion of production components — suspension, brakes and steering all come from the Impreza — Prodrive is hoping to peg the price back to below $80,000 if it decides to build the car. Prodrive has a manufacturing base; it builds the Aston Martin DB9.

    David Richards, Prodrive's founder and chairman, says the car is a technology demonstrator, intended to showcase his firm's design and engineering skills. The project is being completed in record time; work only started three months ago, but the car is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year. What this means to you: Subaru has authorized the use of its components, so it's hard to believe the Japanese company won't want a production version of this exciting project. And that should mean something to you.
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    It looks interesting. I hope they make it. It will be an evolution of the DELFINO FEROCE. I hope this new one is better looking.

    I can't wait to read the report of the new z06 and this one.
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