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WRX, and com­bined it with one of the most leg­endary sport com­pact cars, the GT-R,” Bar­nett says of his choice. “I hear from many other en­thu­si­asts that I've com­bined two of their fa­vorite cars into one.”

Now, if Bar­nett's WRX was a trailer queen, it wouldn't re­ally mat­ter how he sup­ported the en­gine and the power it pro­duces, but see­ing as how he ac­tu­ally has the guts to drive this thing, his friends made sure that the hatch­back wouldn't im­plode on the first drive through town. Fast of West Chester fabbed-up a tubu­lar front sub­frame, sub­frame brace, and a trans­mis­sion cross­mem­ber to keep things from get­ting twisted, and Bar­nett em­ploys sticky R888s in 315-wide, wrapped around 18inch Nessen Forged S7.0 wheels, to keep the four cor­ners from con­tin­u­ously burn­ing out. Mas­sive eight-pis­ton front, and six –pis­ton rear Run­duce calipers help bring the WRX down, while an Air Lift air sus­pen­sion sys­tem lit­er­ally brings the hatch's MNT Rider De­signs wide­body and Car­bon Fiber El­e­ment fen­ders down over the 12inch wide wheels.

“The car was ul­ti­mately built to drive and have fun with, but no cor­ners were cut, as I wanted it to also be a show car,” Bar­nett ex­plains. “I would like to en­joy the car more in 2018 by tak­ing it to tracks for fun, as well as hav­ing fun in it driv­ing around town.”

Since the WRX is meant to be a part-time show­stop­per, the fit and fin­ish in­side is just as fan­tas­tic as the out­side. Car­bon Fiber El­e­ment supplied hints of CF through­out, while Ex­act Art made-over the up­hol­stery with Al­can­tara, as well as trim­ming up the rear seats in Takata fab­ric to match the Drift Pro LE twin rac­ing seats up front. There's also some fancy elec­tron­ics for Bar­nett to peer over, like the AIM MXG dash, which al­lows him to view cus­tom ve­hi­cle data or dat­a­log on track, and an iPad mounted for con­trol over the Air Lift 3P man­age­ment. The cus­tom six-point roll cage ties the theme of show and go all to­gether.

“One of my fa­vorite as­pects of the build is the peo­ple and friends I brought to­gether to build this car,” gushes Bar­nett. “With many other great friends whom are also entrepreneurs, I wanted to build a car that could fea­ture all of our work. I've met a lot of my best friends along the way.”

One of the friends he made along the way that Bar­nett lists as his big­gest in­spi­ra­tion is Willy Iza­guirre, a fel­low busi­ness owner (Nos­tal­gic Grains) and rad car owner (SR-swapped '68 Dat­sun Road­ster). Iza­guirre's Road­ster was a def­i­nite in­spi­ra­tion in the unique­ness depart­ment, but he also taught Bar­nett to stay hum­ble and build his pas­sion. Those lessons led Bar­nett to build the WRX you see here now.

For Bar­nett, it's not about tro­phies (even though he's won quite a few now), it's about build­ing some­thing truly unique, which we feel he's done – in a mad sci­en­tist kind of way. We're glad he flipped the switch on his WRX, giv­ing it life and scar­ing the towns­peo­ple, but he's not done yet - Bar­nett has teased us with a cou­ple let­ters and num­bers for the fu­ture: RB30.

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