Unique Subaru Impreza WRX STI for Travis Pastrana

Subaru will unveil a one-of-a-kind Subaru Impreza WRX STI designed for its factory rally driver Travis Pastrana at the Chicago Auto Show. Subaru worked with Pastrana and Vermont SportsCar to create a brilliant yellow "199" (the monster truck sponsored by Pastrana) WRX STI to celebrate the driver's third consecutive Rally America National Championship.

The Travis Pastrana WRX STI comes equipped with a stock 305-horsepower 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI engine. The new WRX STI delivers sharper handling response than the stock model thanks to a SPT front strut tower brace and SPT lower chassis brace that help to further tighten handling response. The stock wheels and tires are replaced by BF Goodrich G-Force Super Sport A/S 275/35 ZR18 tires on Work Evolution XD-9 18 x 9-inch wheels in custom satin black. Red STI Brembo brake calipers with white "STI" decals are visible behind the spokes.

The WRX STI has unique the carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber rear wing. The Sport Mesh Grille is available for all WRX STI owners, as is the STI front chin spoiler and the exhaust finishers . Under its custom carbon fiber hood, the WRX STI is equipped with a number of modifications including a performance-tuned ECU and custom Down Pipe to unleash a bit more power from the DOHC 2.5-liter intercooled turbo Boxer engine. A turbo boost gauge facilitates tuning. The SPT billet aluminum battery hold-down and billet aluminum oil cap are rendered in the trademark SPT blue color.

Travis Pastrana was born in 1983 in Maryland. He began driving for Subaru in 2003 and since then won nine X Games Gold Medals including two X Games Rally competitions. In 2008, the Gimp, as he is known, took part in the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship centred in Perth in Scotland. He was one of many celebrity drivers to take part in the event in memory of McRae, who died in 2007.
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