"...the engineers’ passion for monozukuri (“the art of manufacturing”) and their idealism do not change so easily. Subaru cars, now and in the past, have been produced from this passion of our engineers. It’s the spirit of our predecessors who pioneered the way toward the originality with their passion for better products which makes today’s Subaru shine as one-of-a-kind in the industry."
It wouldn't surprise me if these were legitimate design choices, though I have yet to find any sort of specific writing or proof about the 22B and any connection it may have to one of the companies that made up FHI. Regardless, there's no denying this is a fantastic machine that has built quite a following over the years. I still see cues in the newer vehicles from the 22B... and for good reason. Ask just about any Subaru Enthusiast what their favorite design is, and nearly everyone will at least include this car among the best (if not their favorite). Every car review, walk-around, and opinion article out there will celebrate this car just as it celebrated Subaru's 40 years of automotive production.