Posted Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 9:45pm
That noise was the trademark off-beat Subaru boxer burble. If late nineties to early noughties’ World Rally Cars had a soundtrack, it would have to be the classic, hard-edged note made by Richards’ Prodrive team in Banbury.
Subaru’s WRC story was, of course, established in the pre-World Rally Car days of Group A. It was the Legacy which helped pave the way for the legend that was the Impreza. That was the model which delivered global glory and carried Subaru to the forefront of motorsport.
The manufacturer’s backstory is quite different. Rewind to the late seventies and for most, including former USA president Ronald Reagan, the Subaru name meant one thing: farming.