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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.