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1/24 Sports Car Series No. 240
Soon after the adoption of hte new regulateions for the World Rally Championships in 1997, Subaru boldly entered their Impreza WRC. That well-balanced machine was equipped with a powerful horizontally opposed 4 cylinder turbo engine, and secured that year's Manufacturers Title. in hte following years, various improvements were make to the car in accordance with changes in the production model. the 2001 Impreza adopted a foru-door sedan body and fist showed itself at hte season opener, the monte carol rally. The unique appearance of the car was highlighted by small compound headlights, spoiler attached to the extreme rear and blister-style fenders. based on rce feedback form previous Imprezas, various modifications were made to improve reliability. The engne underwent extensive tuning in an efforts to boost responsiveness, and major progress was made in regard electronic contral of the seimi-automatic tarnsmission and fornt, center,m and rear differential gearing. Finally, allowing further adjustment to course conditions, either a titanium or carbon propeller shaft could be used on hte 2001 version. Subaru's ace driver, Richard Burns, was accompanied by Markko Martin, Petter Solberg, and Toshihiro Arai. Although the early part of hte season proved to ge a struggle, the Subaru team steadily improved in hte latter part, with Burns taking 2nd place in the Argentina Rally, Cyprus Rally, and Finland Rally, and 1st place in the New Zealand Rally.