2001 Subaru Impreza 2.5rs Rally Cross Car

Post By: Chris Hixon

Date: 07/27/2023

The Story

When I was in highschool I watched the drive youtube channel video of the two friends that had 2.5rs coupes that they sti swapped. From that video I became super interested in the chassis and wanted to own one badly. I found a car that I wanted to get, but my dad did not want me to start a project car. Fast forward 5 years later I moved to the Pacific Northwest after graduating college for work and bought my childhood dream car. Wasn't really sure of where I wanted to go with the build, but I knew I didn't want to be the guy that never works on their project car so I threw in a cheap 5 speed manual swap and got involved with a local grassroots rallycross organization and the rest is history!

Current Setup

  • Performance: Rebuild ej253 long block
  • Performance: 5 speed swap from 1999 subaru forester
  • Performance: Dual core aluminum radiator
  • Tires: Winter tires for racing

Planned Upgrades

  • Exterior: wrc widebody kit
  • Suspension: rallycar coilovers
  • Wheels:

Chris Hixon

Automotive enthusiast. Mechanical Engineer. Amateur racer. Youtube Certified Mechanic.