Prodrive shows off the car that will bring world rally champion out of retirement
20 March 2009

Prodrive has revealed the Subaru Impreza WRC that Marcus Gronholm will drive on the Rally of Portugal.

The Prodrive Impreza WRC2008 bears allegiance to the Portuguese Tourist Board, which has helped fund the deal for the world rally champion's return to competition after 16 months in retirement.

However, sources suggest Prodrive is viewing the outing as far more than a funded drive, and is optimistic that Gronholm will be able to show it car's true pace.

Underlining how seriously the team is taking the event, Gronholm will drive the car in Wales this week before undertaking a furtehr two-day test in spain next week.

Prodrive technical director, David Lapworth, said: "We have only been able to make minor changes to the car because of homologation restrictions, with the most significant difference being the Ohlins dampers.

“In a perfect world, Marcus would have had far more time behind the wheel, however, with his years of experience, I am absolutely confident he will very quickly find a rhythm in the Impreza."

Our Verdict

Subaru Impreza

It may not be an obvious choice for most buyers, but this four-wheel-drive, sub-£20k hatch does have merit

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out