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Old 07-09-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Impreza 22b Diesel is Mixed-Up Madness
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In the history of Subaru models, none is more revered than the 22B. Built in 1998 to celebrate Subaruís third WRC title, less than 500 wide-body specimens were ever manufactured. This makes a true 22B sighting here in The States about as rare as a Unicorn.

But automotive Unicorns arenít all that uncommon at the annual Pikes Peak hillclimb, just outside Colorado Springs. Every year drivers from around the globe tackle the mountain with epic and unusual machinery. Here, even Group B monsters from days past, like the Ford RS200, are a common sight. Even with a value of around $250,000 theyíre still driven in anger as drivers risk limb and metal to beat the clock.

This year, the slate of entries was just as unusual as ever: Mike Ryan brought out his custom Freightliner, Sebastian Loeb drove a Peugeot that bends space and time, Pat Doran thrashed a Ford RS200, and Gregoire Blachon brought his Subaru Impreza 22b.

Naturally, itís not a real 22b. There are a few flaws in the disguise. First, the wing isnít quite right. Second, there are only two real 22bís in the United States: One is owned by Heuberger Motors, the other by Subaru corporate. This car didnít look like either of them. Third, this one is powered by a Subaru diesel motor. Yes, you read that correctly. A real 22b would be powered by a closed-deck 2.2-liter turbo petrol engine, of course.

We caught up with Blachon in-between test sessions (sorry about the less-than-awesome interview audio, we were literally running from one location to another and didnít have our standard interview mic handy) and after his run to get the low-down on this killer concoction melding the best of Subaruís past with a greener future.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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was awesome watching this dude fly up that mountain.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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As the former owner of a green 1.8 Brighton, this is truly inspirational.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
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Yup Mr. Heuberger has one

Fun stuff!!
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:08 PM   #5
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I thought the owner of Dirt Fish Rally School had one as well....Might want to check on that....
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:23 PM   #6
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I thought the owner of Dirt Fish Rally School had one as well....Might want to check on that....
The Dirtfish car is a WRC99 with a Prodrive 2.0T, not a 22b.

@HeubergerMotors needs to get that 22b out in the open a little more often.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:58 PM   #7
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I was there at 16 mile was a great sight seeing a plume of black smoke roll out form underneath him! great looking car!!
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:35 PM   #8
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:37 PM   #9
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He's a great guy with an awesome build! 200hp and 300ft/lb. Engines for sale @ Boxeer.com! Awesome setup.

Props to you sir!
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:49 AM   #10
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The diesel is definitely cool, but the article keep referring it to the 22B.

People make WRC replicas all the time with the widebody. The wing is unlike the 22b of course, because it's a WRC replica styled.

Subiesport don't know Subies anymore?
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:57 AM   #11
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Man, I love those friggin' coupes.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:18 AM   #12
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Fun stuff!!
It "started" as a 22B. Isn't it highly modified? That made me when I saw it in 2005. Still loved seeing and hearing it...........

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The diesel is definitely cool, but the article keep referring it to the 22B.

People make WRC replicas all the time with the widebody. The wing is unlike the 22b of course, because it's a WRC replica styled.

Subiesport don't know Subies anymore?

The article below the video states what it really is. Funny thing is, the first thing they mention that isn't right is the wing? Would the fact that it's LHD be kinda important? First thing I noticed.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #13
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If it just me or is he not going full bore on that hill? That's pretty much how I used to drive to my way to get groceries when I lived in CO. No wonder he was slow to the top.
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That was really awesome as I keep hoping SOA brings us the turbo diesel. While he wasn't that fast, I bet he was averaging the best MPG getting there!

One question I have for anyone knowledgeable about diesels: I understand the MPG improvement and being able to run on lower octane diesel being overall better for the environment, but a lot of diesels I see on the road spew black smoke out the tailpipe when they give it the beans. What gives with that and is it really something toxic? Regardless, I want one.
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I want to swap an EE20 into my 1998 Legacy GT Wagon!!!
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:35 PM   #16
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The article below the video states what it really is. Funny thing is, the first thing they mention that isn't right is the wing? Would the fact that it's LHD be kinda important? First thing I noticed.
From behind you can't necessarily tell if it's LHD or RHD. Though, yeah, dead give-away.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:22 PM   #17
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cool setup needs id still run the sti swap in there! screw mpg its worth it.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:26 PM   #18
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Promoting his business and swaps. Awesome car!
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That was really awesome as I keep hoping SOA brings us the turbo diesel. While he wasn't that fast, I bet he was averaging the best MPG getting there!

One question I have for anyone knowledgeable about diesels: I understand the MPG improvement and being able to run on lower octane diesel being overall better for the environment, but a lot of diesels I see on the road spew black smoke out the tailpipe when they give it the beans. What gives with that and is it really something toxic? Regardless, I want one.
the smoke is from way to much fuel being injected.
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He is still trying to get the ECU mapping down, so that he has the right fuel tune. Since no one has done it before, it's an all new tune. He was working with the company Banks (who helped Mike Ryan this year in his Freightliner with a better fuel curve) right before raceday up to the clouds.

The guy (Gregoire Blachon) is importing the motors into Tennessee if you want a Diesel Boxer. He's running a 2012. Nice guy. He's not time attacking, more for advertisement that this Boxer Diesel exists in the States now.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:50 PM   #21
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Yet no pics of the RS200?
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Here's the backside of the Boxer Diesel. Notice the dark plume


There were two RS200s, here's one:



I like their car numbers.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:21 PM   #23
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Love that rs200, the 22b is neat too. Wish it had the petrol motor, though I understand the challenge he was after and respect it. Very envious.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:10 AM   #24
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That was really awesome as I keep hoping SOA brings us the turbo diesel. While he wasn't that fast, I bet he was averaging the best MPG getting there!

One question I have for anyone knowledgeable about diesels: I understand the MPG improvement and being able to run on lower octane diesel being overall better for the environment, but a lot of diesels I see on the road spew black smoke out the tailpipe when they give it the beans. What gives with that and is it really something toxic? Regardless, I want one.
The black smoke is caused by soot and unburned fuel. Very detrimental to air quality. Also, diesel emissions contain a very high amount of nitrogen oxides, leading to acid rain. The only "clean" diesels out there employ exhaust regen/particulate filter systems and d.e.f. systems to reduce the oxides of nitrogen. Otherwise, unless you are burning vegetable oil, most diesels out there are far from "green."
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:19 AM   #25
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oh yea, that doesn't mean they're not frickin' cool
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