Cyberpunk Subaru Impreza WRX STI with Jets Is What Santa Does Gymkhana In

Some people say modern art can take the form of paint splatter on a piece of canvas, but we believe art takes as much skill as performance driving. You need to work at it hard, so you'd better pick a subject that you like.
Cyberpunk Subaru Impreza WRX STI with Jets Is What Santa Does Gymkhana In 1 photo
Photo: Khyzyl Saleem
Khyzyl Saleem, who works as a concept artist for EA and Ghost Games, loves Japanese cars, especially the older ones. So naturally, the vehicle he chose for Santa is not a Volvo, but a Subaru. The Impreza WRX STI has long been the king of snow, gravel, and tarmac in Japan. But in this rendering, it tackles an entirely different element: air.

This rendering shows a jet powered STI with a cyberpunk theme. In place of the regular wheels, this Subaru has four large jet thrusters that power it vertically, just like the Harrier Jump Jet.

Why would Santa need a car? The jolly one was given a Gymkhana DVD as a gift last year, and he now dreams of becoming the next Ken Block. The only problem is there are no tracks at the North Pole, so he needs something that flies to practice.

This rendering reminds us of older video games from the early 2000s. Back then, game developers experimented with flying cars, tracks that looped around and afterburners. Electronic Arts makes billions from the Need for Speed franchise, so maybe it's time for them to invest in a cyberpunk race game, maybe taking some shooting action into consideration.

Saleem's photo is over half a year old, but we didn't catch it last Christmas. Who knows, maybe by the end of 2015, Santa will really buy a Subaru and learn how to use the handbrake.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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