1998 Subaru Impreza (GC8) – Time Machine


For those of you who haven’t read about Ryan Novak, here’s a quick and simple breakdown. He is a difficult-core automotive enthusiast, who spends the majority of his life doing just two things: building sick time-attack cars and drinking beer. A lot of the time the two occur simultaneously-although, he is actually quite good at drinking beer while drinking beer. Anyway, though, I’m starting to digress from the reason why our company is here, and that is the super sick Subaru GC8 the thing is before you.Let me take the time to share with those who are brand new to Ryan what he’s built and what those vehicles have accomplished, even though before I get into this build. He owned a ’01 Honda S2000 that was featured in 2009 by our sister publication, Honda Tuning, when it was built with J’s Racing ITBs and aero. He enjoyed a K20-powered ’96 Japanese Honda Civic Type R which was also featured in HT in 2010, and the man still has a K-Series-powered ’96 U.S. Civic hatchback which had been featured in HT 2011. Oh, and this ’01 S2000 was rebuilt to a Garrett turbo-powered, Amuse-widebodied track car that was featured again by HT this year. Now, for all of the Honda haters on the market getting agitated, make no mistake regarding this, these were not show cars. Ryan tracked every single one of these, and every single one of them was damn quick. The S2000 ran a 1: 53 at Buttonwillow on R-comps, and the ’96 Civic ran a 1: 58 there on street tires. Yea, a FF Honda on street tires ran a 1: 58 at Buttonwillow. Disappear if that doesn’t impress you.

So, what made Ryan decide to use a Subaru GC8 chassis this period around? “”I wanted a GC8 for the longest time. I used to have a ’05 STI that I tracked back in 2006 and 2007. Should I was going to do another one I might start off with the lightest of the WRX chassis, i missed the AWD platform, therefore i figured. And also you don’t see many GC8s time-attacking inside the States,”” he says. So, with his mind made up, Ryan set out to discover a chassis to get started building. “”I was looking for one for quite a while until I saw a well-known one for sale by Dave Mann aka MannSlayer.”” Seeing the parts that were in the car and knowing that particular build enjoyed a huge following, Ryan saw the potential to part it and use those funds to create the car just how he wanted. Offering certainly one of his retired race S2000s as a straight trade, both the talked it over, exchanged pictures and emails, and made a deal. Just fourteen days later Mann drove all the way up from Canada to drop off of the GC8 and pick up the S2000. When Mann arrived Ryan looked the car over and realized that he had much more work ahead than he realized. “”When it showed up I used to be seriously slapping myself inside the face-the car was haggard! “” But Ryan didn’t allow the unexpected surprise to deter him. “”I had a plan and was choosing3 weeks to completely part out the car and get it down to a bare shell. Although the teardown was quick, the remainder of the build took a whole lot longer than he anticipated. “”The build took a year to perform even though I thought it was only going to take a few months. So, much detail went into this car, it just took a lot of time to obtain things right,”” he says. Special attention was paid to your selection of aero components, as a time attack car. One of the most unique features of the auto is the widebody. “”I was talking to a guy who told me that his partner had brought in a widebody from Nz a long time ago and it also was relaxing in his warehouse. He couldn’t remember who made it, and so i couldn’t get the name of this, so nowadays it is a mystery kit,”” he says. Ryan paired the widebody with Laun Sport front and rear bumpers to complete the outside of the chassis. A Special Projects front lip combined with a Novak Racing front splitter and air guards handle aero necessities up front, while a Renner Motorsports rear wing and brackets handle rear downforce duties. Ryan then had the entire chassis mounted on a rotisserie and painted Honda Championship White. While all this was getting done, Ryan had AQ Motorsports build the EJ25 and pair it up with a Garrett GTX35R to handle induction duties. The inside is all business, with a Recaro Pro Racer SPG seat and Schroth harness useful for safety duties. Ryan is large on suspension and has had great results with JRZ, so he didn’t hesitate to make use of JRZ RS Pro dampers and Hyperco springs for suspension duties. And when enough time came to wire this race car, Ryan once again considered the one-and-only Rywire. “”I always have Rywire do all my cars. He did a mil-spec engine harness, rewired the complete car, and made this crazy relay box that has a serviceable fuse panel. He or she is on a level like not any other. He could be working on real race cars like those in JGTC or ALMS. The reality that he is accessible for any car is amazing! “” With the car in a completed state, Ryan took it to Shaun Church along with the AEM EMS conservatively tuned to just a bit over 600 awhp and 600 pounds of torque, rock solid numbers which were more than what he wanted and needed.

“”There were instances when I wanted to stop the build because it was so frustrating, but I’m glad that I tied to it since this car scared the hell out of me on the first test day at the track,”” he says. What would scare someone as experienced as Ryan? This GC8 ran a 1: 55 at Buttonwillow on street tires on low boost its first time about the track. Yea, on street tires on low boost-its first time out. “”Keep in mind nothing was adjusted yet, it was a go-out-and-see-what-breaks event. But only time will tell,”” he says, since it stands right now I think the car could be faster with less power and a lot more aero. With Ryan’senthusiasm and drive, and ambition pushing the car forward, we can’t wait to discover what this beautiful beast is able accomplish in the future.

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