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The Impreza that never was…

…but should have been.

Photoshop by Coco Ortiz.
From the picture below:

That’s actually my car all stock way back when I bought it in 2005.  Memories…


Tunnel Vision

The loss of peripheral vision with retention of central vision…  At least that’s what doctors say.  Something along those lines is what has happened to Nelson Vincent with his WRX project.  See, it is very seldom that you get to see WRXs being built to this extent and with this level of detail and authenticity in Nelson’s homeland (and mine also), Puerto Rico.

There are a lot of different styles of modifying a street car within the Island’s car scene, and you can get distracted rather easily if you don’t have that strong of a focused mindset.  There are two larger and more mainstream groups: those that only think about street and/or track Drag Racing and there are those who only aim to succeed in the car show scene…  The drag guys usually build their cars for power and nothing more, they are only concerned about dyno charts, 1/4 mile times and trap speeds and go to all sort of extremes to beat the next guy or at least try.  The show guys are more into either loading their cars with expensive and rare parts (or cheap replica ones) with two things in mind hard parking at meets or dodging potholes on their daily commutes.

This is not what Nelson had planned for his bugeye.  What makes this car special is that he built it for himself, no for street cred, not for anyone’s approval, and to this date he has kept his project as low key as possible.  Only his mechanic and tuner knew what he has done to his GDA.

On the rolling department, Nelson went with Enkei’s Limited Edition satin black NT03 in 18×9.5 wrapped in Falken azenis rubber size 255/40/18.  Behind this combo, a set of STi Brembo brakes take care of the stopping.  On the handling department he installed a set of BC Racing coilovers and to further improve on the chassis’ stiffness he went with top of the line Cusco strut bars:  Titanium up front and Carbon Fiber out on the back.

Engine-wise, Nelson left no rocks unturned and went all out with JE pistons, Manley rods, ACL bearings GSC cams and Supertech valves on dual springs, all bolted on a completely revamped block and heads.  Air now gets shoved into that new engine thanks to a Garret GT37 HTA turbo which then pushes it through an APS intercooler.  An HKS SS blow off valve and Tial waste gate do their part on managing the pressurized air.  Exhaust gasses make their way through a cat-less up pipe and down pipe, a Perrin header and finally through a Greddy Ti-C cat back exhaust system which is responsible for the WRXs growl.

The cooling system has been improved using a ZeroSports radiator cap and an APR radiator shroud.  All this is now mated to a 6-speed STi Type-RA tranny with a short shifter kit.  A Walbro Fuel Pump, well, pumps the fuel and a set of Ultimate 1000cc injectors deliver it.  All the power that this setup makes is controlled by a Hydra stand alone ECU tuned by the pros at Predator Performance and Transmisiones PR.

Other goodies like Tein hood dampers, wrinkle red powder coated piping and coolant tank and a trick aluminum oil catch can/wiper washer reservoir combo unit finish off the engine bay.

Outside, the bugeye was given the STi treatment which includes an STi front grille, hood scoop, front splitters and side skirts.  The rear has been updated with a much nicer 2004-2005 WRX rear bumper and tail lights and to finish it all, that infamous STi wing.  Other pieces that help complete the exterior package are the APR front splitter, rear diffuser and side mirrors, JDM window visors and JDM front parking lights delete carbon inserts.

Inside, the STi theme continues with a complete STi interior swap including front and rear seats and blue carpet.  To control his creation, Nelson ditched the OEM oblong WRX steering wheel in favor of  a perfectly round Momo steering wheel and hub.  Behind it, a red backlit STi gauge cluster does it’s thing.  To keep track of all the vitals a matching set of STi Genome gauges by Defi now replace the OEM WRX clock.  An AEM wide band gauge joins the mix on top of the steering column while carbon fiber accents wrap things up for the interior.

So there you have it.  This has got to be one of the best executed Imprezas and certainly one of the best kept secrets on the Subaru scene in Puerto Rico.  My respects to Nelson Vincent for sticking with his vision of what his Impreza should look, handle and perform like…

Thanks to Nelson for the pictures and for sharing his project info with me.

Mmm… Dat ugly chic

I don’t care what you guys say, all of us, at some point on our lives have felt attracted to a girl that is not necessarily, well…  attractive…  By society’s standards that is.  Yet you just see something in her that makes you lust for her…

This video reminded me of that exact feeling.  There are so many things I find wrong on this car, that I like it.  Enjoy:

Something refreshing!

I’ve been out of town (San Juan, PR) for a few weeks now and I’ve been driving a few rentals which, as usual, are far from amusing.  I had a Chevy Aveo for a week…  I never understood how anyone would exchange their hard earned money for such a piece of shit.  They are THAT bad.

I’ve had two new Jettas after that, one of them I still have.  Nice cars, well appointed, nice details, too much hard plastic inside but you gotta love that “thud” when you shut the doors closed.

Anyway, I miss my car.  I keep feeling that I’m missing something, sort of like when you leave your house without your cell phone…  So, surfing the net looking for stuff that reminded me of my ‘rex (yep, car-porn surfing…) I found this clip.  I’m all about function over form but I found it very refreshing…  Damn I need my car…

Long time…

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been through a lot for the past year or so and have left the site virtually unattended.

Anyway, here’s a picture of a car that’s been running around in my head for a while now…

Ah, the poor man and his ideas…
Pics are from that guy on the watermark.  great shots and great car whoever you are!


Yesterday, while browsing through Netflix’s movie menu I found Senna’s movie.  Every car enthusiast should watch this “biographical documentary”.  There are a few things to learn from the Brazilian idol, Ayrton Senna…  and not all have to do with cars and driving to the limit.

Look for it on Netflix’s instant streaming menu.

Reader Car of the Year

I came across this while I was getting my daily dose of Speedhunting.  The guys at SH have posted their candidates for Reader Car of the Year Award and on that list I found Carlos (Charlie) Nissan Sentra.  I, as a local Puerto Rican car forum fan, have witnessed (from a far) the evolution of Charlie’s Sentra from being his daily driver to being his toy, project car and now full-on race car.

In this car-guys world of ours, sadly, not very often you cross paths with people as down-to-earth and as willing-to-help as this kid.  Best of luck Charlie!

Be sure to visit Speedhunters site and cast your vote for one unique, great car built with pure blood, sweat and tears…  …and while at it, visit Charlies web site, C3 Garage.


Up for grabs!

Its been a while since the last post and about the same time since the last time I was able to surf the net randomly.  Well, as usual, I ended up looking for car stuff…

While at it, I stumbled upon this jewel that just happens to be for sale…

Heres the mod list:

Suspension –
Tein Super Racings 16k,14k spring rates. 05-07 STI
GT Spec subframe brace
Carbing front strut tower bar with BCS and tow took through the hood
Cusco center brace
Cusco T brace
Cusco H brace
Cusco 22 MM 05+ STI rear Sway bar
Cusco 22 MM Front sway bar
Cusco rear subframe brace
Cusco trailing arms
Cusco laterial links 05 STI
Kartboy STI rear end links
Kartboy Front end links
Stop tech 6 piston Big Brake Kit
Whiteline Anti lift Kit race version
Whiteline center roll adjuster kit
30 Point WRC full weld in roll cage

Bushings –
Kartboy shifter bushings
Kartboy rear shifter bushing
Kartboy rear crossmember bushing
Kartboy short throw shifter
kartboy Transmission bushings
TIC rear diff race bushings
Beatrush propeller shaft bushings

Wheels/Tires –
APR extended wheel studs front and rear
Kics lug nuts
Volk Racing CE28N 18×10.5 +18
Falken Azenis RT615K 315/30/18 Tires

Interior –
OMP Red Seude Deep Dish steering wheel
Splash WRX/STI 93-07 Short hub adaptor
WORKS Bell quick release
Takata long harnesses X2
Sparco Harness bar plates
Bride Zeta III Type L X2
Sparco Seat Mounts

Engine –
Turbo XS full turbo back TI muffler
Access Port V1 05 STI
APS Equal length header

Exterior –
Voltex rear deiffuser
Cusco lip painted white 04-05 STI
Karlton Fender Flare Kit

Price:  $27K…  not bad at all…

All the right mods, nothing less, nothing more.  Tastefully done and super clean!   Just how I like ’em…


Friday stuff…

Another Friday, another repost…  but I gotta do it. This tme is all about Nakai-San and Rauh Welt Begriff:

I just admire this guy and what he does…  Great weekend boys and girls!

Ken Block’s Gymkhana 4

I’m not a fan of KB as a pro driver and I hate Monster and their logo, but I do enjoy this gymkhana videos and I kinda like the Fiesta…