1998 Subaru Impreza (GC8) – Import Tuner Magazine

28 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 1998 Subaru Impreza (GC8) – Import Tuner Magazine

The Most Badass Impreza, the Coupe.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Ryan Novak, here’s a quick and simple breakdown. He is a hard-core automotive enthusiast, who spends the majority of his life doing just two things: building sick time-attack cars and drinking beer. A lot of the time the two occur simultaneously-although, he is actually quite good at drinking beer while drinking beer.

Anyway, though, I’m beginning to digress from the reason why we are here, and that is the super sick Subaru GC8 you see before you.

Before I get into this build, though, let me take a moment to share with those who are unfamiliar with Ryan what he’s built and what those vehicles have accomplished. He owned a ’01 Honda S2000 that was featured in 2009 by our sister publication, Honda Tuning . when it was equipped with J’s Racing aero and ITBs. He had a K20-powered ’96 Japanese Honda Civic Type R that was also featured in HT in 2010, and he still has a K-Series-powered ’96 U.S.

Civic hatchback that was featured in HT 2011. Oh, and that ’01 S2000 was rebuilt to a Garrett turbo-powered, Amuse-widebodied track car that was featured again by HT in 2011. Now, for all of the Honda haters out there getting agitated, make no mistake about it, these were not show cars. Ryan tracked every single one of them, and every single one of them was damn quick.

The S2000 ran a 1:53 at Buttonwillow on R-comps, and the ’96 Civic ran a 1:58 there on street tires. Yea, a FF Honda on street tires ran a 1:58 at Buttonwillow. If that doesn’t impress you, go away.

So what made Ryan decide to utilize a Subaru GC8 chassis this time around? I wanted a GC8 for the longest time. I used to have a ’05 STI that I tracked back in 2006 and 2007. I missed the AWD platform, so I figured if I was going to do another one I would start off with the lightest of the WRX chassis. And you don’t see many GC8s time-attacking in the States, he says.

So, with his mind made up, Ryan set out to find a chassis to begin building. I was looking for one for quite a while until I saw a well-known one for sale by Dave Mann aka MannSlayer. Seeing the parts that were on the car and knowing that particular build had a huge following, Ryan saw the potential to part it out and use those funds to build the car the way he wanted.

Offering one of his retired race S2000s as a straight trade, the two talked it over, exchanged pictures and emails, and made a deal. Just two weeks later Mann drove all the way from Canada to drop off the GC8 and pick up the S2000. When Mann arrived Ryan looked the car over and realized that he had much more work ahead than he realized. When it showed up I was seriously slapping myself in the face-the car was so haggard! But Ryan didn’t allow the unexpected surprise to deter him.

I had a plan and was going for it, he says.

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