This 700bhp Subaru WRX Has A 9000rpm Skyline GT-R Drivetrain

An iPad in the centre console, carbon bodywork and 12-inch-wide tyres have helped create an RB26-powered monster

Remind me later

Check out this awesome creation based on a 2012 “ugl-eye” Subaru Impreza WRX. The original flat-four engine and permanent all-wheel drive system has been dumped in favour of the oily bits from an R34 Skyline GT-R and then tuned. Hard.

A beautifully presented RB26DETT has been mounted as far back as possible in a brand new subframe and behind the front axle. Stroked to 2.8 litres and fitted with new injectors, stronger internals and a big ol’ turbo, the famously tunable Nissan engine now runs on E85 racing fuel and makes around 700bhp at all four wheels – and spins to 9000rpm.

Subaru - This 700bhp Subaru WRX Has A 9000rpm Skyline GT-R Drivetrain - Tuning

But right now the output is restricted by the turbo: big though it is, it’s not big enough for this build, and while horsepower stays constant above 6000rpm or so, it actually loses boost at those revs. With a larger turbo the numbers will take another giant leap skywards.

The Skyline drivetrain maintains four-wheel drive but can be switched to rear-drive for maximum drifty nonsense. You first have to overcome the insane grip provided by 315-section tyres, though, mounted on 12-inch-wide (305mm) rims that shove the rubber way out beyond the outrageously flared bodywork.

Subaru - This 700bhp Subaru WRX Has A 9000rpm Skyline GT-R Drivetrain - Tuning

There’s so much detail in this build that it’s impossible to do it justice here. The full video is 15 minutes long and we strongly advise you to make time to watch it. Or, if you just want the noisy bits, skip to 14m40s for the dyno run and burnout footage.