Speak to any WRX owner, and despite complaints about the car’s thirst for fuel, all of them will praise their cars for the power delivery, speed, and it’s cornering tenacity. Even more so when the COE has been renewed – it separates the die-hard fans from the fans.
With the stock WRX already pushing the limits of performance while maintaining longevity, the engine bay reveals several well-thought upgrades. Firstly, the Blitz Intercooler which moves the assembly to the front end of the car which helps in better cooling. Hidden behind it, a dual core radiator for extra cooling, and an engine oil cooler.
Cooling measures in place, the engine was given a healthy boost with a new turbo setup with a larger fuel pump. Given that this WRX is constantly in a state of high revs due to the nature of a gymkhana competition, an ATI Super Damper crank pulley was installed to reduce the harmful effects of engine by damping the torsional crankshaft vibrations at all RPM levels.
With the exhaust burbling away, the turbo spools to a shriek with the free-flow intake for pure straight line adrenaline, but a gymkhana is not just about that. Around the turns, the Tein monoflex coilovers offered more damping adjustability as well as better road feedback over the stock suspension.
The suspension setup was further fine tuned with adjustable linkages as well with the addition of an anti-lift kit to prevent the wheels from squirreling away the extra power. Upgraded front and rear anti roll bars are further assisted with a dash of adjustable front end links for just the right amount of preload.
All these mods allows for precise suspension settings to be maintained throughout, which also maximizes the performance of the Yokohama AD08R rubber. Hidden under the engine is the STi steering rack upgrade, which has a quicker gear ratio over stock and a much tighter steering setup for more road feel.
Where things got really serious, are the brakes and wheels. Keeping the STI calipers, the braking performance was enhanced by using better rotors as well as track-spec brake pads with high heat resistance and strong bite.
Exterior mods can be done beautifully, with a sense of purpose like an aluminium bonnet . Smaller touches, such as the front splitter, grille, large wing and the exhaust guard adds a mean look with a bump in aggression.
Naturally, there were small problems in keeping this beast past the initial cycle, but those are just trifle when the whole point of a WRX is “Braaapp stustustustu because SubaWoooo”? Yes, that is actually printed on custom licence plate holder, a hint at how much the owner loves his car!
VF34 / Owen GT30
HKS hi-silent exhaust
AEM methanol kit
Walbro 450lph fuel pump
Dual core koyorad racing radiator
ATI harmonic crank pulley
Cusco brake stopper
Blitz pod filter
Custom air/oil separator(with oil return)
HKS oil cooler
2002 STI 6 speed gearbox
Enkei RPF1 18” with AD08
Carbing front and rear strut bar
MSI front subframe
Subaru spec C quick steering rack
STI brembo BBK with DBA 4000 series rotors
Project Mu 1000C brake pads
Whiteline adjustable rear lateral links
Whiteline rear C links
Cusco front and rear anti roll bar
Whiteline anti lift kit
Whiteline front end links
Tein Monoflex coilovers
Pioneer double din head unit
Pioneer speakers and tweeters
Pioneer active sub woofer
STI optitron Speedometer
Ganador side mirrors
ASTPR exhaust guard
APR front splitter
Voltex type 5