Subaru Impreza P1

Shaun Edmunds ‘Do the safety upgrades to protect the engine’

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  • Year: 2000

  • Mileage: 55,000

  • Acquired: 2016

  • Dream car: 22b or an R34 GTR

  • Best car film: Need For Speed 

  • Other hobbies: Learning to fly, bike track days

  • Dream road trip: From Nürburgring through Switzerland and the Alps


Why did you choose the car?

I remember seeing a P1 when I was 18 and instantly loving the way it looked as a 2-door. Ever since then I've wanted one. I started looking when I sold

my Z4 as I wanted something I could appreciate, and a desirable future classic was something to put my savings into.

What’s the best bit?

The seats. They're a WR upgrade along with the bigger wheels. They're a factory upgrade too and are now really rare.

What’s the worst bit?

Stone chips on the front bumper, as it's soft Japanese paint and what with the front being quite low it does get damaged easily.

Any modifications?

Yes. Everything's been done with the idea of making the car as usable and reliable as possible. Fully forged engine. Six-speed gearbox with stage II clutch. AP Racing brakes. Upgraded turbo, top mount cooler, fuel rails, fuel pump, three-port boost solenoid, Alcatek ECU with antilag and launch control.

What’s it like to run?

It's so easy to maintain. I'm lucky to have a specialist garage right by my house. Only thing I've had break is the original turbo, but apart from that it's been very reliable.

Any advice for potential owners?

Do your research on the car and once you find one do all the safety upgrades to protect the engine.

Any funny mishaps?

A few years ago we'd booked in a visit to the Nürburgring but we only finished putting the new turbo on the night before we were due to go. We took the mapping equipment with us and mapped it all properly once we got there in the forests, talk about last minute!

Lewis Plumb