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It's no secret that running a motorsports team is a lot of work, but probably most of us don't know how much time and effort it really takes. Just building the race cars can take hundreds of man hours, as evidenced by this stop-motion video created by the U.S. Subaru rally team. Starting with a stock 2008 WRX STI, the team strips the car down to its frame by removing the engine, drivetrain, interior and even the windshield. The complete transformation takes an amazing 800 hours of labor. Knowing that makes us cringe even more when we see one roll end over end. Follow the jump to watch the video.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It isn't like they're stripping a $200k Ferrari and tossing the parts in the trash, it's just a Subaru in the end. So it's $35k to buy one new, that's nothing for these guys then they take the stock motor and put it in their sand rail. There are so many small parts you need in the end even as a race car that it's best to get a complete running car and go from there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        $35,000?

        Not even. Think $26,000. This is a WRX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why on earth do they strip the car down from stock?
      Why wouldn't they just obtain a shell from Subaru and then start from there. Seems like a total waste of a ton of stock parts.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They do a lot of welding on the existing chassis to strengthen it. Stock vehicles only have laser spot welds, which would not hold the car together in the rally conditions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some guys get to have all the fun...
      • 6 Years Ago
      raped the car and turned it into a feisty little b
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be easier/cheaper/faster to use a naked body, to begin with?
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Video isn't working for me anyone have a link?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's cool and all but what's really exciting is the WRC car being built, a whole different car entirely.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They reuse a great many of those stock parts. For example, when the 08 rally car was first introduced at STPR in Wellsboro, the custom rear suspension linkages on Pastrana and Block's cars both failed on the first day. The team switched back to the stock pieces for day two.

      Plus, there are a million small parts in the fueling system, the brakes, steering, wiring and the engine itself that are reused. For production-based rally like Rally America, it does make sense to just build the car on the assembly line, where economies of scale exist, and ship it as a unit. Then the rally crew has all the parts sitting in a convenient lump. On a WRC car, where absolutely everything in the car is custom and the shell receives much more prep, starting with a body in white is a logical idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is one of the best Time Lapse videos I have ever watched!

      I love rally, and this just shows how much work goes into one of these cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      im gonna download this video and play it every time i feel studying engineering is hard. every time i want to roll over the bed and skip some day. god cars are awesome and fast ones are better!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually industrial designers are the ones that know how the next model looks like. Ask me how I know. The engineers just model whatever the designers produce and tweak it to make it manufacturable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        HA!!! engineers are the ones driving the next NSX, the ones that know how the 2010 mustang looks like. even the guys that change tires in F1, or did you think they went to the nearest "discount tire" and ask who wants to win a big buck or something?
        Next time dont skip you college orientation!!! :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        Engineers get stuck in cubicles staring at screens all day. Have a nice life!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what they do with all those parts. I'll take the engine, transmission, suspension, and brakes and throw em into an 05 WRX Wagon. Death Wagon FTW.
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