• Oct 16, 2009
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We know two things about this video: 1) The in-car camera is mounted to a Subaru Impreza WRX modified by Canadian tuners Lachute Performance and 2) We've thankfully never been to a track day like this.

From what we can tell, the Lachute crew is drawing a bead on one of the Corvettes and right around the four-minute mark (after several scary passes and slides), the Impreza gets clipped by one of Chevy's finest, goes off course and then rams into another Corvette while coming back on track. And everyone's acting like it's just another Sunday drive. We count at least two more wrecks and several offs over the eight-and-a-half minute video, so we're not sure if this was a track day, a sanctioned competition or something far, far scarier. If you can shed some light on the situation, let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: Impreza vs. Vetta highlight reel added after the jump, and yes, this was a sanctioned event: the Jacques Villeneuve Grand Prix of Mirabel at ICAR. Wouldn't he be proud...





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      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not hearing any heel and toe. although, cool drive never the less. I would second that that is more dangerous than racing. Although, I see flag waived at the corner station. Perhaps a time trial? I can't imagine this is an open track day and hitting and bumping was sanctioned.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It sure as hell was NOT a track day!!! Contact would have required BOTH drivers to come in & (1) check for damage & (2) get a WTF were you thinking speech from the Lead Course Marshall!!! This for ONE contact let alone TWO!

        Plus a time trial or track day would have had the smaller/ lower HP cars in a separate class / or session. The Subie driver has obviously a much better driver than the Corvette guy... look how many times he tracked down (& caught ) him in that 8 minute video clip. Sure AWD helped in those conditions... but the guy driving the Vette was way over his head!!! :( :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      rubbin' is racin'!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at the guys at 0:20 [second video], they don't have faith in their tire barrier.

      Let them fight it out with hockey sticks!

      kudos to the BMW driver for not compounding things.
        • 5 Years Ago
        or their lacrosse sticks ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Both drivers sucked! The guy in the Subi doesn't even know how to rev-match his downshifts?!?!?! Why the hell was the Vetter driving thru the water on the short straight on the right side of the track instead of the dry on the left? Only reason I can think of is if he's on some super soft rain tires, but I doubt it. Probably just an idiot.

      I don't think theses guys would make it beyond an intermediate level at a typical US HPDE event.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Corvette driver was well aware he was at a disadvantage in the wet areas and opened the door for the Subaru car many times, but the Lachute driver just appears to be incredibly green/bad.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeeze those guys were driving like jackasses especially on a wet track. I would have beat the crap out of the Corvette driver he turned in on the WRX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Am I misunderstanding what "turned in on" means? The Vette was trying to go inside the WRX, he couldn't hold the line and drifted out into the WRX. That's definitely not "turning in" on the WRX. If anything, the WRX turned in on the Vette (simply because the WRX was on the outside), although IMHO this is not the case, that was the WRX's line to take and the Corvette failed to make a clean pass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can almost see the red mist clouding in on the C5 at the beginning. Then it spreads to the Impreza driver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome comparison of technology. Turbo AWD 4cyl vs. big RWD V8. Even being a domestic guy, that Vette drive was a total douche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the WRX that was half a car in front of the Vette when the Vette dove down on the inside and didn't yield.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, you mean the one who just hit the other car as it was making the apex? Oh no wait, that's the WRX that did that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That sound like a choice to me to be running slicks in the rain. At best, it's a choice that he was driving a Vette in the first place instead of an AWD car in a race that clearly happens wet or dry. Typical whiney attitude that ricers have when they get beaten in a drag race that the domestic car has a bigger engine, bigger tires, blah blah blah. Jealousy isn't very fitting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You should try driving a Corvette on slicks in the wet sometime and see how much of a douche you look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What are those little cars they're passing, the slower ones?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rear markers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        #8, those little cars are 1999–2005 Toyota Echo hatchbacks, also
        sold in Japan as the Vitz and in Europe as the Yaris. In Canada they
        were only available with the 1.5 L 1NZ-FE engine, same as the one in
        the Scion xA/xB.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Vitz

        There are several spec racing series in Canada based on the Echo HB.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota Echo hatchbacks. They didn't sell those in the States.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Matt : Toyota Echos HBs are great performers. Far from a Subie or Vette, but definitely in the same range as Integra, Sentra, etc. You can't beat 108HP in a 2200lbs car for less than 15'000$.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like a older Toyota Echo, which are now called Yaris up here in Canada.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably Toyota Vitz, being in Canada. Basically an Echo hatchback/Scion xA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know, 2 wrongs don't make a right.

      If you know you're racing against a RWD corvette, in the rain, that is all over the track and he bumps you maybe you need to stay a little further away from him and be a smarter driver instead of playing tag?

      Letting your emotions get the better of you in a race is always bad, you never win that way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, all those drives are pretty much terrible. They'd never make it in any pro race series driving all crazy like that. SCCA club racers are more disciplined. What a terrible event.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crazy... looks like fun!
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