The Prodrive P1 may have had a quick run in the consciousness of auto enthusiasts, but the British firm still made quite an impression on about 300 Subaru Impreza P1s. So much so that all 300 of them showed up at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, England to celebrate what would have been the Prodrive P1’s 10th year anniversary.
If you’re a little confused when asked to recall what the Prodrive P1 was, it was a collaboration between Richard Burns - a former WRC champ- and Subaru UK to make 1,000 tuned-up Imprezas that were all painted in the same Sonic Blue color scheme. They also all had the same upgrades, including an increased power to around 276 horsepower. They also carried many additional upgrade such as Recaro sports seats, six-pixton brakes, and alloy wheels.
Despite only being in its formative years as an up-and-coming tuning brand, Prodrive P1 was surprisingly discontinued after a few years, leaving behind so much promise and potential on the table. Nevertheless, those who got to experience the skills of Prodrive first-hand all trooped to its company headquarters to pay homage to the company that made those Impreza P1s more awesome than they already were.
Press Release after the jump
100 Impreza P1s descended on Prodrive at Banbury today, Sunday 9 May, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the car, which hit Britain’s roads in 2000.
A further 300 Subaru Imprezas and 1000 fans also joined in the commemorative event.
The car was one of the most iconic in a range of limited edition Subaru Imprezas which were produced by Prodrive during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was also the only road car to bear the Prodrive name.
The car was unveiled by England’s only World Rally Champion, the late Richard Burns, at the UK motorshow in 1999, but went on sale in 2000. Only a 1000 were produced, all in the same unique blue colour. The car was based on two door Japanese specification Impreza, but had significant modifications engineered by Prodrive to the suspension, drivetrain, trim and aerodynamics to make it one of the best point-to-point cars on British roads.