It seemed like an eternity to wait for racing to resume back in November when the last Rallycross season ended. Now the start of the 2016 Rallycross season is upon us and I think it's safe to say this 2000 Impreza 2.5 RS Coupe is ready to hit the dirt again!
We made some adjustments over the winter, mostly to the rear suspension, to prepare for the next season. The most noticeable changes were the lateral link and trailing arm bushing replacements. We've fitted this RS with Shore 95A medical grade urethane bushings from Turn-In Concepts. This should help with cornering and keep the flex out of the links. We also removed, readjusted, and reinstalled the rear struts. The strut tops had moved out of alignment somehow so the whole rear suspension is pretty much redone.
While I was under there, we made some minor repairs and sealed up some exposed parts of the frame with undercoating to further protect the car. All of the work was completed at Russ' Garage.
I'm going to run some tests when the car on dirt roads before the event, but I need to wait for things to dry more. Our area has experienced quite the warm-up recently so all the snow melting has made for muddy conditions. There's a handful of roads I could use to test it out, but most of them are usually pretty rutted out from trucks going through... and as much as I'd like to go mudding, the ruts can make it damn near impossible for a sedan to make it through. I'll wait for dryer conditions to check it out.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Plans are officially in place to attend my first-ever Stage Rally event! I'm going to the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood on March 18th & 19th in central Missouri. I've signed up to volunteer at the rally as well, so I'm really stoked to have my first experience at a national event be hands-on helping with the event itself. Several friends and fellow Subaru owners are joining us from the Omaha area to drive down together and hang out in Missouri together.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
This is Daphne. She's a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and she's the Co-Driver for my Rallycross car. Somewhere between the wet nose marks on the windows and the Milkbone crumbs on the seat, she has made the passenger spot in my RS Coupe home.
I'm not here to add to the noise about this anticipated matchup. There's plenty of that already! What I'd like to touch on is why, regardless of which is actually better, that the 2017 Focus RS is more important than a internet brawl. It's a much-needed breath of fresh air in a niche segment that has gone stale for almost a decade.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
While the series follows Subaru Rally Team USA from day one, the episodes are edited and released on YouTube in the Spring. With coverage starting in the days leading up to the 2016 Sno*Drift Rally, there's plenty to follow through the series. Although the outcome of each race that the episodes cover may be spoiled (since the videos don't air until 3 months after the races were completed), this series tells more than what the statistics and race results reveal. The story of how each event unfolded, how the drivers and crews and cars and fans interact through each race make up the side of rally that you don't normally get to see.
If you haven't seen this series yet, give it a look! If you HAVE seen this series, you know you've got another one to look forward to this spring!