CLUB­MAN SUPERCAR

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Built by Subaru spe­cial­ist Scooby Clinic, Dmitrij Srib­nyj’s Im­preza Club­man Supercar was a sig­nif­i­cant step up from the Pro­duc­tion 4x4 ver­sion.

De­spite suf­fer­ing from a bit of body roll, mainly from run­ning on gravel rally sus­pen­sion, the han­dling was pos­i­tive and pre­cise. Al­though the car still had the tra­di­tional Im­preza un­der­steer, it was sig­nif­i­cantly less than in the Pro­duc­tion ver­sion.

This Im­preza boasts 400bhp, with a PPG se­quen­tial gear­box. I have driven a num­ber of dif­fer­ent cars with se­quen­tial gear­boxes, but this was pretty nice to use, a light pull back­wards on the gear lever swiftly gave you the next gear, us­ing the flat-shift with your right foot buried on the throt­tle.

The en­gine was re­spon­sive and, com­bined with quick gear changes of the six-speed ’box, you got up to pace quickly even out of the slow cor­ners. The car went where you wanted. There were no nasty sur­prises, and six-pot front calipers brought it to a rather abrupt halt, made eas­ier by chang­ing down the gear­box by sim­ply mak­ing a short, sharp push for­wards on the lever.

Srib­nyj is yet to fit a gear in­di­ca­tor, so my mea­gre brain strug­gled with com­put­ing which of the six gears I was in, even in only a few laps, but that’s some­thing that’s eas­ily solved.

Club­man Supercar essentials

Club­man Supercar uses the same reg­u­la­tions as the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship Supercar divi­sion, but isn’t aimed at the Ju­lian God­freys and Pat Do­rans of the sport. Cars are four­wheel drive and can pro­duce any­where up to 600bhp. The Su­per­cars only race at Pem­brey and Croft.

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