Subaru’s All-or-Noth­ing Ace

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While we’re talk­ing WRC, why not mark the very first year of the for­mula—1997—along with one of the most mem­o­rable team liv­er­ies of all time—Subaru’s blue and gold—and one of its most mem­o­rable driv­ers—the late, great Colin McRae. The Scots­man joined the Subaru World Rally Team as a rookie in 1993 (when they ran un­der FIA Group A regs) and landed on the podium in his very first event. Four races later, he would win, and he con­tin­ued win­ning in ev­ery one of his six sea­sons with the team.

Some wags nick­named him “McCrash” for his take-no-pris­on­ers driv­ing style; he pre­ferred to drive all-out in pur­suit of the win, and if he crashed or broke the car, so be it. That style en­deared him to fans and served both him and Subaru well; he helped the team se­cure three con­sec­u­tive Con­struc­tor’s ti­tles from 1995 to ’97, and he won the driver’s ti­tle in ’95 as well—the youngest driver ever to do so. He fin­ished sec­ond in 1996–97 to Tommi Mäki­nen (the lat­ter year by just a sin­gle point!), set­ting up a ri­valry not only be­tween the driv­ers but also be­tween Mit­subishi and

Subaru that en­dures to this day. AUTOart’s model is a replica of McRae’s ’97 Monte Carlo car—the first race of the sea­son and the first with the new WRC for­mula. Sadly, McRae’s car would re­tire with a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure, but team­mate Piero Li­atti would score his first ca­reer win at the event. AUTOart of­fers both ver­sions in 1:18, and they are packed with de­tails in the rigidly re­stricted 300hp tur­bocharged flat-4 en­gine, race sus­pen­sion, and tons of chas­sis brac­ing needed to keep the cars to­gether over the bumps and jumps of the WRC sea­son.

AUTOart 1997 Subaru Im­preza WRC Rally of Monte Carlo

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