Richard Hammond has taken dwelling one other one in every of his epic highway journey vehicles. It is the 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STI V-Restricted from The Grand Tour’s newest episode, “A Scandi Flick.” In it, Hammond and his co-stars drove rally-inspired all-wheel-drive sports activities sedans throughout Scandinavia above the Arctic Circle. Hammond apparently liked the automobile a lot, he organized to deliver it dwelling and add it to his already spectacular secure.
Beforehand, Hammond adopted a 1962 Opel Kadett with which he crossed Botswana on an episode of his former present, High Gear. He’s recognized to have owned quite a lot of trendy luxurious sports activities vehicles together with a Porsche 911 GT3 and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder. He additionally has owned a pleasant cross-section of British automotive historical past, together with a Land Rover Defender 110, Ford Sierra Cosworth, Jaguar E-Sort, Morgan Plus Six, 1934 Lagonda and a Bentley S2. A recognized American muscle automobile fan, he is additionally owned vehicles reminiscent of 1968 Mustang, 1969 Dodge Charger and a contemporary Challenger SRT8.
Nevertheless, Hammond mentioned in his video that if he was compelled to surrender all however three vehicles, he’d whittle his assortment right down to the 911, Land Rover and the Subie. And it is no abnormal WRX STI. The V-Restricted was constructed to to commemorate Petter Solberg’s 2003 WRC championship and is proscribed to only 555 models. As such, it boasts a number of components not discovered on normal STIs, together with a roof ventilator, entrance lip spoiler, aluminum shift knob, 17-inch gold BBS wheels, a blue inside and manufacturing facility four-way adjustable dampers that include a 0.6-inch drop in trip top.
Hammond is not fairly certain what he plans to do with the automobile but. He might go full tuner on it, but in addition considers returning the uncommon variant again to inventory. The “Martin” wrap was accomplished as a joke for the present however does not look fairly at dwelling on a Subaru. The V-Restricted solely got here in Subaru’s trademark WR Blue, and it is nonetheless that coloration beneath. If the Hamster decides to go inventory, he could be clever to seek out (or make) some Subaru World Rally Workforce foglamp covers, as these would have been normal tools relatively than the STI ones.
As for the opposite vehicles that went together with the Subaru on the Arctic journey, James Could’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII was broken so badly in a crash that the automobile is more likely to be scrapped. Jeremy Clarkson’s Audi RS4 is not on the market, both. One other video reveals that Amazon, which produces The Grand Tour, shouldn’t be about to tackle any legal responsibility by promoting an abused automobile to the general public.
Hammond was so enamored with the Opel that he gave it a reputation, Oliver. So far as we all know the Subaru does not have one. But.