Even if you’re a Mitsubishi fan, you can’t deny that the Subaru Impreza is a legend. It has been available in several different performance versions over the years, each of which has a special place in the hearts of gearheads. However, it has never been a car capable of competing with supercars. Until now, that is.
Driven Media, a YouTube channel with approximately 335,000 subscribers, has spent the last six months modifying a Subaru Impreza wagon in an attempt to make it fast enough to beat a supercar. The project’s budget was set at £15,000 (approximately $18,300 at current exchange rates), and in this new video from just a few days ago, the team finally pits the Subaru against a Lamborghini Murcielago.
The modifications done to the Sabaru included an upgraded clutch, a Coilover kit, semi-slick tires, upgraded brakes, and a retuned engine. The mill under the hood now develops a little more than 300 horsepower (221 kilowatts) versus 196 hp (144 kW) in stock form. Probably because of its new yellow exterior color, the car has been named Bananaru.
The Lamborghini is the first vehicle to take to the track. The supercar doesn’t appear to be as nimble as we expected from the footage, but it is certainly very quick even on a wet surface. It also sounds epic. The Murcielago’s time is 1:24.13 minutes, but it was previously faster at 1:16.7 in better conditions.
It’s time for the Subaru to do a lap around the track. The driver claims that the car now feels much faster and nimbler than before. It has even more traction than the Lambo. Finally, the modified Subaru beats the Murcielago with a time of 1:21.36. And they didn’t even use up the entire budget.