Japanese automakers have ascended the auto industry’s ladder to become some of the most popular and consumer friendly in the whole world.

Subaru has long been known for building some of the most capable and versatile vehicles in the world. If you’re planning on doing some rally driving, chances are Subaru has been near the top of the list of vehicles to check out. Popular models like the Impreza, Forester, and Outback have long been favorites of outdoors enthusiasts, and every year their cars get more reliable and lively.

The Japanese company has long been known for producing fantastic, rally-inspired, performance-oriented vehicles to add to their pedestrian line-up. While it may not have production vehicles that can keep up with something like a Corvette Z06, this smaller automaker does still hold the advantage in the all-wheel drive performance car department.

But consumers look onto Subaru as affordable little tunable sports car. The Impreza STI WRX for instance can be tuned to up to or more than 550hp fairly easily. And if you upgrade the suspension and brakes you are left with a wicked little track car that can compete with all the Corvettes, Porsche and Ferraries out there!

ALI ASHFAR’S ESX BRZ /the fastest in the world/

7 second 1/4 mile (400 m) pass down the strip, 1600hp

Whilst it’s unmistakably a Subaru BRZ, it’s also clearly a drag car, with the characteristic swollen rear end and Goodyear balloon tyres. Interestingly, for a drag car, it still retains the original BRZ chassis, rather than being a tube frame with a silhouette bodyshell on top. What it hasn’t retained however, is the OEM engine, which has been stripped out and replaced with what appears to be a highly modified EG33 3.3 litre flat-six taken from the slightly quirky Subaru SVX.

This engine was itself an evolution from the legendary four cylinder EJ 22 that featured in the 22B, so it was a proven choice for achieving the big numbers needed for a drag car. We’re not at liberty to talk about the exact specification of the engine, but sufficed to say that with the addition of a pair of Forced Performance HTA Super 94 turbo’s, it’s a setup that’s good for 1600bhp at the crank when running on Methanol.

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