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Subaru spe­cial­ists and British Rally Cham­pi­onship win­ning team TEG Sport has de­vel­oped a new car for 2019, tak­ing the best parts of a Skoda Fabia R5 and a Subaru Im­preza World Rally Car and com­bin­ing the two.

The car has a Skoda Fabia R5 shell with R5 sus­pen­sion and dampers, but then has a twolitre turbo en­gine from an Im­preza WRC and a Mo­dena six-speed pad­dleshift gear­box used reg­u­larly in Subarus by TEG. The out­fit has nick­named it the ‘Sko­daru’.

TEG’S Im­prezas con­sis­tently win ral­lies all over the coun­try, with me­chanic Ar­ron Newby a Manx Rally cham­pion in its cars, while Jock Arm­strong has won two Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onships with the team.

Stu­art Newby, TEG boss and fa­ther of Ar­ron, dreamed up the con­cept with some of his Im­preza cus­tomers.

“Subaru haven’t done a lot for a while and they aren’t bring­ing new rally cars out,” he said.

“I’ve had some cus­tomers that I’ve had for years that were ready to move on to some­thing else. We sat down one night and ev­ery­body was off to buy an R5, or we built some­thing that was a bit more trick.”

The car will be avail­able in right or left-hand-drive, and the com­pany has 10 in build with eight al­ready sold. Newby is hop­ing the test and de­vel­op­ment car will be out in mid-jan­uary.

The car will cost around £120,000, at least £20,000 cheaper than most se­cond-hand Ford Fi­esta R5s, and will cost less to re­build as en­gine and gear­box re­fresh­ments can be done at home or at a va­ri­ety of work­shops, whereas R5s have to be re­turned to their builder.

The Subaru en­gine is lighter and more pow­er­ful than the Skoda R5’s 1600cc unit, but Newby be­lieves the real ben­e­fit will come with the way the new parts are pack­aged.

“We’ve put the Subaru flat- four en­gine in, which is alu­minium [lighter], we’ve man­aged to get it low down and a fair way back, so we don’t have a lot of weight in front of the front dampers,” added Newby.

“The heav­i­est part of our car is the gear­box and it’s at the cen­tre of the car. Every­thing we could get down on the floor, we have, to keep the weight low. I think that will be the key to this car work­ing well. We have no over­hang in the front or rear, the weight is dead cen­tre.”

The car could prove to be pop­u­lar in Ire­land as there is de­mand for right-hand-drive R5s, none of which are cur­rently ho­molo­gated.

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