There are no other words to put it as these: this is one ludicrous Subaru Impreza WRX build. This car features a completely home built widebody, advanced engine and suspension upgrades, a lot of interior work, and all finished off with a set of CCW Wheels. When we say “home built”, that’s exactly what we mean: this entire build – all the widebody work and most of the parts – were made and installed by the owner in his home garage. Talk about dedication!
The build started with the custom widebody. Unlike some other, high-profile projects to date, this one was done out of sheet metal. While CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) or FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) would have been an easier way to do things, this old school way allows the owner to get fully hands-on and pummel body parts in place. It takes more time, more money and more cuts and bruises, but the end result is something that you won’t see every day. The widebody parts come in form of custom OEM style widened front and rear bumpers, a Battle Aero chassis mounted wing and a Beat Sonic sharkfin style antenna. The parts are finished in an OEM white paint finish, giving the widebody Impreza WRX an impeccable & highly impacting outer appeal.
After the widebody panels were added, it was time to get the nature of this beast in check. This was done thanks to performance and suspension tuning which gave this Subaru Impreza WRX the high-performance punch to go with its aggressive looks.
The engine and drivetrain upgrades started with a Perrin front mounted intercooler, shorty intake, alternator cover and radiator cover. After that, a COBB Tuning 3-Port Boost Solenoid (BCS) was installed, followed by a set of Tomei UEL headers – allowing for much faster turbo spool up. After this, the owner installed a set of Invidia catless downpipes, allowing the turbocharged engine less exhaust flow obstruction, producing a better throttle response and a faster spool up time once again.
Next in line was the Grimmspeed ceramic up-pipe with a 44mm TIAL exhaust wastegate, an Invidia non-resonated mid pipe, a custom fabricated center exit CARVEN exhaust, followed by a set of 1000ccm injectors, a DW300c fuel pump, a Perrin pitch stop mount, transmission mount, and rear differential lockdown. For faster shift times, a COBB adjustable short throw shifter was installed, alongside a Perrin rear shifter bushing and general shift bushings.
For an improved engine’s fuel/air mixture ignition, a set of NGK spark plugs – one step colder than OEM items – was also installed. The engine is further tuned thanks to a set of ACT PROLITE flywheels and an Action Clutch 6 puck 1MS stage three clutch system. Finally, the WRX is tuned by COBB on AccessPort2, allowing for improved engine management and better tuning results.
When the engine tuning was done, it was time to upgrade the suspension and handling as well. It all started with an AccuAir VU4 air suspension system with e-level sensors, combined with Viair dual 480c compressors, a seamless five-gallon custom painted air tank and custom routed copper lines. With these items, the owner can adjust both the ride height and stiffness, allowing his vehicle to be best suited for high-performance driving conditions as well as daily driving comfort levels. While an air ride isn’t as good for high-performance situations as a dedicated adjustable coilover system, it still is the best solution for people that want the best usage in these two driving scenarios.
Furthermore, the suspension upgrades come in the form of a set of Whiteline front and rear sway bars, polyurethane sway bar bushings, a Kartboy front and rear end links, followed by a GT-Spec front strut brace and a Cusco rear trailing arm and adjustable rear control arm.
Interior wise, the owner didn’t leave anything to chance. This WRX’s interior features an Autostyle Alcantara shift & brake boot, a stainless steel weighted shift knob, an SMY Cluster maker mount, a ProClip COBB AP3 mount and a custom Accuair touchpad mount. In all, everything’s oriented towards ease of use & high-performance situations.
Finally, the build was completed with a set of custom-made CCW LM5T directional wheels. Since this is a widebody build, we’ve done a set of 18×13 wheels in the front and 18×13 in the rear. The wheels come with a -13ET and perfectly fill up those huge wheel wells. As for the finish the customer chose a Polished Gloss finish. Finally, the wheels are wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888R sticky tires, sized 335/30/18 in the front and 335/30/18 in the rear, giving the owner impressive traction both on and off the track. The directional spoke style and deep dish configuration with a step lip finish this build perfectly.
This is one build where everything was given a lot of thought. We cannot imagine anything but that the owner gave away a lot of his blood, sweat, and tears to make his Subaru Impreza WRX look just the way he wanted it. In turn, this is one of the most impressive builds we’ve seen in recent times. Truly, a masterpiece of customization. Grab a detailed look at the project video and media gallery right below.