Top Speed previously reported that racing driver and television host Tiff Needell and popular English television star, John Barrowman had been involved in a car accident in a rally prepped Subaru while filming a slot for the English automotive program Fifth Gear. Before we only had a few still images to show you, but today, Fifth Gear revealed the video of the crash.
You may remember Ken Block’s crazy gymkhana Subaru or his latest remix rendition, but what would it be like if the BBC’s production staff had chance to film their own rendition of a Ken Block video? Watch and see as the DC Shoes owner and rally driver takes Top Gear’s James May out for a spin, literally, and do a little racing with dirt bike champion Ricky Carmichael.
One thing that Tiff left out of the instructions was how to handle a jump. The driver of this Subaru Impreza looked like a pro flying through the air at over 100 MPH. It’s a shame that the Japanese automaker withdrew from WRC competition; they definitely established themselves as a serious automotive competitor through the all terrain racing series. Hopefully through their partnership with Toyota, the upcoming rear wheel drive sport compact will add a little more of that bad boy attitude back into their lineup.
Ken Block is back with an all new Subaru and plenty of BFGs in the highly anticipated sequel to the original Gymkhana video starring the DC Shoes owner behind the wheel. This time Ken is sliding around in a rally inspired 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI built by Crawford performance. In order to top the Segway circling antics of the first Gymkhana video, Ken had to call in few friends to help out. Like MTV’s Rob Dyrdek and satelite radio’s Jason Ellis; the crew at Mad Media also brought along a big bag of props to take Gymkhana 2: The infomercial to the next level.
ESPN and Disney are teaming up to bring the action sports excitement of the X-games to the big screen to provide a full 3-D experience. Although the film will feature other athletes like Olympic Snowboarding Gold Medalist Shaun White and skateboarding legends like Bob Burnquist and Danny Way, we here at Top Speed are most excited about the inclusion of Subaru pro driver Travis Pastrana.
Pastrana has made history earning 9 Gold Medals at the X-games. He started out his racing career straddling a two stroke and was the first person to execute a back flip on a motocross bike, an act that jumpstarted the entire freestyle motocross scene. But it doesn’t end there, just last year he did the unthinkable, a double back flip. He also competed in Supermoto, an event that combines off road and track racing and of course Rally behind the wheel of his World Rally Blue WRX.
Ken Block is an interesting individual. He has already established himself with Subaru as a rally racer. Now he is reinventing himself, and his car, to promote this unique motor sport. Gymkhana is a type of auto cross where participants must drive around cones in a specific pattern as opposed to driving through sets of gates. This time Ken has replaced the cones with some rather large man made obstacles.
Subaru today revealed full details about the 2008 Impreza World Rally Car. It will be powered by a flat four-cylinder engine with a maximum power of 300bhp @ 5500rpm and a peak torque of 650Nm @ 3000rpm. The engine will be mated to a six-speed electro-hydraulic transmission.
The Impreza WRC also features front and rear MacPherson strut suspensions, Bos fully adjustable shock absorbers, AP Racing 310mm ventilated discs and six-pot calipers front and rear. For asphalt use, front brakes are 378mm ventilated discs with six-pot calipers.
With a weight of only 1230kgs, the car includes a LCD color monitor with eight selectable data screens, Kenwood radio equipment. It sits on 15" diameter for gravel, 18” for tarmac wheels and Pirelli tires.
Full specifications after the jump.
Subaru has finally unveiled the new generation of the Impreza World Rally Car in time to compete at this month’s Acropolis Rally in Greece. Featuring a longer wheelbase, a new rear wing fitted for optimum aerodynamic performance the new vehicle will be driven by Australia’s Chris Atkinson and Norwegian Petter Solberg next week. According to the manufacturer the technical specifications will be announced in Greece on 29 May. Press release after the jump!
Subaru Tecnica International (STI) has decided on the standard specification of the FIA (International Automobile Federation) Group N car with the new Impreza WRX STI, sold by FHI as a base vehicle. They will be sold at specially agreed motorsport bases (STI base teams) in Europe, South Africa, etc. for use as rally base cars.
Those photos you’ve seen circulating around the Internet are about as fake as Carmen Electras rack for the new “Subie” WRX. (I knew there was something fishy about those photos - no not her rack those are nice.) Here are the real ones for your viewing pleasure. Notice this “Subie” is colored in the famous rally blue color and still features its iconic hood scoop for you rally fanboys.