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Old 01-09-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default SWRT:BLock's Specs

Im wondering if theres a mod list around of the SWRT car that Ken Block drives.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:12 PM   #2
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The best I could find is some general info that mentions a few components. I think the SWRT cars are more of a "build" than just some mods. Anyway, here's what I found...

Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) runs two Open Class 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars in the Rally America National Championship with drivers Travis Pastrana (#199) and Ken Block (#43). This season marks the debut of the all-new 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. As the third generation of the legendary Impreza WRX STI model line, the 2008 STI features a new 5-door hatch design and a longer wheelbase for improved straight line movement, a wider track for increased maneuverability, and the addition of double wishbone rear suspension for better road holding capabilities. Add to this better front to rear weight distribution plus a much improved center of gravity, and the all new 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Open Class rally car is one to be reckoned with.

The teamís technical partner, Vermont SportsCar, first begins with a stock 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI right off the showroom floor. The carís interior is then stripped bare and the shell lightened then fully seam welded for added strength. A multipoint roll cage, manufactured from T45 steel, is then welded into place.

Major differences from the stock STI include the addition of a competition fuel cell, which keeps race fuel contained within a flexible Kevlar bag tank and lightweight carbon/Kevlar RECARO SPA ProRacer competition seats (w/HANS- Head and Neck Restraint System). Other interior additions include a custom STI dashboard, carbon fiber door panels, a Coralba C-Giant Rally Odometer, and an onboard Fire Suppression System.

The stock dampers are swapped out for heavy-duty rally dampers made by exe-tc competition suspension. The rally dampers are fully adjustable and are built to take the abuse that off-road gravel rallying entails. Under the hood sits a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled STI engine with a Rally America Championship-mandated 34mm turbo inlet restrictor. Launch control, a turbo anti-lag system and a hydraulic handbrake are just a few of the features at the driverís disposal.

A 5-speed, close-ratio dog-engagement gearbox is used, which allows Subaru Rally Team USA drivers Travis Pastrana and Ken Block to shift without depressing the clutch. The DCCD (Driver Controlled Center Differential) is used in a similar way to a stock STI street car, but the team installs a competition ECU for the differential which allows for greater control of the torque delivery between all four wheels.

The exterior of the car remains close to stock, with the simple addition of mud flaps and a 1/4-inch aluminum skid plate. A roof-mounted air scoop aids in cooling both drivers inside.
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