The wraps have finally come off the all-new Subaru Impreza WRC2008. Bosses opted to unveil the car ahead of schedule, and bring its competition debut forward to Greece’s Acropolis rally at the end of May, in a surprise move to get the team’s disastrous season back on track.
As you can see, the five-door bodyshell of the latest showroom model has been adopted. But the car also benefits from a new colour scheme. While the distinctive metallic blue paintjob remains, it’s now joined by an eye-catching silver and white graphic at the rear.
It’s the technical changes which factory drivers Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson hope will have the biggest impact, though. Better aerodynamics and mechanical packaging should make the WRC 2008 more nimble on the stages.
Under the bonnet, the proven turbo boxer engine and symmetrical four-wheel-drive transmission are carried over from the previous generation, and should ensure the car is reliable as well as fast.
Team chief David Richards is positive about the Impreza’s chances. He said: “We are very excited to be able to launch the new car ahead of schedule. And I’m confident we will be competitive in Greece.”