Neil's Autocross Car - SoloRu

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The SoloRu is Sold! It will race again as a rallycross car in Michigan.

2009 SoloRu

This Impreza is called SoloRu, as labelled even on the license plate. It's a play on Solo and Subaru, but I'm pretty sure that explaining that voids any cleverness it may have carried before.

2009 SoloRu

I wanted to take a few minutes to describe my car and the work that's been done to it since buying it to turn it into the dedicated autocrosser it now is. I bought this originally as a stock 1999 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. Prior to 2007, the car had nearly all suspension and handling modifications. Prior to 2008, the car made 98 HP and 105 lb-ft of torque (according to a G-Tech Pro SS), but in the winter preceding the 2008 season, I set out to build a new engine. The new engine is in (and has unfortunately since required another rebuild in mid-2009 as a result of too much skid-pad time) and my G-Tech power numbers were a peak HP of 112 HP and a peak torque of 120 lb-ft. After engine management in the Fall of 2008, I got those numbers up to 126 HP and 134 lb-ft of torque. With some fueling adjustments I have planned, I'm aiming for 140HP and another trip to the dyno to better tune it. The car was last weighed at 2680 lbs (without driver, with 1/2 a tank of gas) with a 55/45 F/R weight distribution. That was before a roll bar, race seats and wheel, 13" wheels/tires, and upgraded differentials, among other things.

2008 SoloRu

My car was featured as an AutoBlog Reader Ride of the Day. It also drove me to a 1st place finish at the 2008 Devens National Tour, a second place finish at the 2008 Finger Lakes ProSolo, a 1st place finish at the 2008 Northeast Divisional Championships, and I won my class in the 2008 New England Region series! 2008 was a good year, while 2009 was a bad, albeit fun, year.

I created a dedicated page for all the completed modifications made to my Impreza so far. And I've always got plans for future modifications in mind too.