THE PRODRIVE P25 – A RECREATION OF THE ICONIC BLUE SUBARU IMPREZA



The Prodrive P25 will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this Thursday 23 June.


It’s 25 years since Prodrive debuted the two door Impreza World Rally Car (WRC), which inspired the Subaru Impreza 22B. Only 424 of these special edition road cars were manufactured and over time it has achieved cult status as the ultimate turbo charged four wheel drive car of its era.

Now 25 years later using the latest technology and materials, Prodrive has reimagined what this car would have been today. Just 25 cars will be produced, each with an original two-door Impreza WRX chassis at its core. This is the very same chassis used in the first Impreza WRC, but now with reduced weight, a more powerful engine and improved vehicle dynamics.


Extensive use of carbon composite means the car weighs less than 1200 kg. The use of the latest 2.5 litre flat four ‘boxer’ engine producing over 400 bhp and 600 Nm of torque, combined with a six speed semi-automatic gearbox, WRC-derived launch control and turbo anti-lag, means the P25 will reach 100kph from rest in under 3.5 seconds.


Weight has been removed from the chassis by manufacturing the boot, bonnet, roof, sills, door mirrors, front and rear quarters, WRC style rear wing and bumpers from carbon composite, while inside there are optional lightweight race seats with carbon door cards and a lithium-ion battery.


The engine is based on Subaru’s latest 2.5 litre cylinder block, but has been totally re-engineered by Prodrive’s powertrain team with bespoke internal components, including new cylinder liners, pistons, con rods, and a valve train with variable cam timing. There is a Garrett performance road turbo with a high performance intercooler and airbox and an Akrapovič titanium and stainless steel racing exhaust system.


The engine is mated to a six speed sequential gearbox with helical cut gears and semi-automatic shift via a paddle on the steering column, giving precise gear changes in 80 milliseconds. The car has a WRC-style launch control system, which combines the fly-by-wire throttle and clutch in the floor mounted pedal box to automatically take the car through first, second and third gear to achieve the optimal acceleration from standstill without any driver intervention.


Power is delivered to all four wheels via a drivetrain which features an adjustable active centre differential and limited-slip differentials front and rear. McPherson strut suspension has been retained, but with machined aluminium uprights which can be tuned for camber and geometry optimised for the wider track and lowered ride height. The Bilstein dampers are adjustable for compression and rebound while the springs and anti-roll bars optimise the tarmac handling.



Stopping power is provided by AP Racing brakes with 380mm vented discs and six piston callipers at the front and 350mm vented discs and four piston callipers at the rear with floating bells and multiple pad options. Prodrive 8.5 x 19 rims are fitted with Bridgestone Potenza Sport 235/35 R19 tyres which are matched to the dampers.


The driver dashboard is a full width high-definition multi-page display including a data logger. For those wishing to take the car on track the driver can select from various throttle response and engine performance maps, including anti-lag adjustment. There is also a WRC style ‘fly-off’ hydraulic handbrake, which releases the centre differential, allowing the rear wheels to be locked by the driver. This is in addition to the standard electric park brake.


While Prodrive’s focus has been on the driving experience, the interior has also been upgraded, recreating an authentic late 1990s Impreza interior using a combination of leather, Alcantara and carbon trim. The P25 can carry four passengers, but there is also an optional Lightweight Competition Interior Pack option to remove the rear seats, replace the driver and passenger seats with lightweight racing seats and 6 point harnesses and have a partial safety cage fitted.


Peter Stevens, who styled the original Impreza WRC in 1997, as well as subsequent Prodrive limited edition Subarus, has restyled a number of features of the P25. Peter has worked alongside the Prodrive engineering team, overseen by technical director, David Lapworth, who was responsible for developing the first Impreza WRC 25 years ago.


David Richards, Prodrive chairman, said: “The iconic blue Subarus bring back memories of an extraordinary era of the WRC and it was the Impreza 22B that brought this rally car performance to the road. By reimagining this car using the latest technologies and materials the Prodrive P25 pays homage to its roots and there will be little else able to match its performance on the open road. I therefore believe we have achieved our vision of creating our own modern interpretation of the most iconic Subaru Impreza ever.”


The first P25 development car will make several runs up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, before embarking on an extensive test and development programme.


The 25 production cars will be built at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, UK with the first being delivered to customers later this year.


The P25 will be UK road registered and priced at £460,000 + VAT.


SPECIFICATION


Engine


2.5 litre 4 cylinder horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’

Variable cam timing

Garrett performance road turbo with anti-lag

Akrapovič racing exhaust with active silencer by-pass

Power >400 bhp

Torque >600 Nm


Chassis & bodyshell


Subaru Impreza WRX steel monocoque

Carbon fibre: Bonnet, boot, front and rear quarters, roof, front & rear bumper

Impreza WRC rear wing


Transmission


4 wheel drive

Six speed X-shift sequential gearbox with helical gears

Semi-automatic paddle shift gear change

AP Racing twin plate clutch

Active and adjustable electronic centre differential

Plated limited slip differentials front and rear


Suspension


MacPherson strut front and rear

Bilstein two-way adjustable dampers

Upright adjustable for toe and camber

Changeable springs and anti-roll bars


Wheels & Brakes


AP Racing

front: 380 mm vented discs, six piston callipers

rear: 350 mm vented discs, four piston callipers

Bridgestone 8.5 x 19 rims

Bridgestone Potenza 235/35/R19 tyres


Interior


MoTeC widescreen high definition multi-page driver display

Data logging capability

Full electronic power management system

WRC style fly-off hydraulic handbrake

Optional lightweight racing seat

Optional partial safety cage

Lithium-ion lightweight battery