Subaru worked with Travis Pastrana to create a brilliant yellow “199” liveried WRX STI to commemorate his third consecutive Rally America National Championship in 2008. Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar was tapped to perform the build.
Vermont SportsCar customized the WRX STI using an array of Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT) and STI parts, along with unique custom pieces. The SPT and STI engine, exhaust, chassis and interior parts showcased on the Travis Pastrana WRX STI are available for any WRX STI through authorized Subaru dealers.
Pastrana WRX STI: Back-Road and Highway Star
An SPT front strut tower brace and SPT lower chassis brace help to further tighten handling response. The stock wheels and tires are replaced by BF Goodrich G-Force Super Sport A/S 275/35 ZR18 tires on Work Evolution XD-9 18 x 9-in. wheels in custom satin black. Red STI Brembo brake calipers with white “STI” decals are visible behind the spokes.
The WRX STI exterior design lights up with custom yellow paint and graphics. The carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber rear wing are unique to the Pastrana’s WRX STI. The Sport Mesh Grille is available for all WRX STI owners. Likewise, the STI front chin spoiler and the exhaust finishers are available through Subaru dealers. A set of HID driving lights and rally-spec mud flaps underscore the aggressive rally-bred design.
Under its custom carbon fiber hood, this WRX STI is equipped with a performance-tuned ECU and custom Down Pipe to unleash a bit more power from the DOHC 2.5-liter intercooled turbo Boxer engine. The SPT billet aluminum battery hold-down and billet aluminum oil cap are rendered in the trademark SPT blue color.
The custom blue Alcantara interior upholstery, the trademark of the original U.S.-spec WRX STIs, is accented with Pastrana’s traditional yellow piping and “199 Pastrana” embroidered logos in yellow thread to match vehicle exterior. Likewise, custom yellow stitching is used to accent the steering wheel, shifter boot and parking brake handle boot. An STI short-throw shifter provides an even more direct connection to the 6-speed manual gearbox. Carbon fiber patterned interior trim highlights the dash, doors and console. A rally map light and co-driver foot rest bring a bit of Pastrana’s Subaru Rally Team USA car into his new street WRX STI.
The audio system is based on an Eclipse AVN 6620 navigation/DVD/CD/MP3 stereo head unit and uses Kicker amplifiers and speakers, including:
* Kicker ZX700.5 4×75 watt and 1×400 watt stereo amplifier
* Kicker RS65.2 6.5-in. component speakers, front
* Kicker RS56.2 5.25/6-in. component speakers, rear
* Kicker Solo-Baric L5 10-in. subwoofer in a custom subwoofer/amplifier enclosure
An Xbox 360 is also mounted under the front passenger seat. Pastrana and his co-driver can play the Colin McRae DIRT video game using custom yellow controllers.