• Dec 30th 2009 at 2:31PM
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Digimods Subaru Impreza - Click above to enlarge

In the real world of asphalt and hydrocarbons (yes, that's possibly redundant), the Subaru WRX STI is a common target for zealous mods. While much tuning can go on under the stock skin, which isn't exactly subtle on a Rex, it's de rigeur to go at the exterior with pieces of thermoplastic and visions of reshaping dancing in your head.

If you're not deft enough to translate inspiration to metal, or you don't have a WRX, or you just want to avoid getting gunk under your fingernails and cutting your hands all up while trimming out big pieces of sheetmetal, you can do it with bits and bytes instead. Of course, a digital mockup is a good way to test out ideas before taking the nipper to the roof, too.

Pete from Digimods has decided that the WRX could really use a rear-mounted engine, plenty more scoops, and a giant roof duct to supply air to the engine, and drown it if it gets taken out in the rainy season. It's a very nicely done rendering. Some will love, some will hate, all will likely have something to say. Have at it, kids!

[Source: Digimods via CarScoop]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care if the roof scoop works or not, I like it. In my head, it has an imaginary 680 hp, and a compound turbo setup behind the drivers seat that could suck the helmet right off my head.
      Nicely done rendering!

      • 5 Years Ago
      What did you model the car in? I.e., what application and platform?

      Nice job.....a real sleeper. No cop would ever notice this.

      • 5 Years Ago
      that vent on the roof won't work as a scoop... poor understanding of aerodynamics.
      and if it did, then the rear roof spoiler wouldn't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The problem with the scoop is that it is offset to one side. That's going to cause uneven aerodynamics on the spoiler. It just needs to be centered.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agree w/ nagma - if it works similarly to the NACA duct on the linked audi it would function properly for this purpose, unless you're asserting that no air flows over the roofline of a vehicle @ speed. If so - you need nothing more than Youtube to prove that incorrect.

        Zonda in a wind tunnel:
      • 5 Years Ago
      Woo, a Cylon WRX
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an awful, awful thing. This is what happens when you mix a poor understanding of physics with photochop skills that surpass design talent. As an industrial designer and WRX owner, I say fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love mid-engine hatches more than my mother.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you mean more often?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Must me a slow news day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the design. Sure, it needs a few tweaks. It's an interesting exercise in creativity, though.

      Maybe center the scoop and make it a little more shallow. I can just picture it getting stuffed up with snow.

      Ditch the vents on the hood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      from the rear view it looks like a BMW 1series hatch with wide bodykit...


      • 5 Years Ago
      Just when Subaru fans thought the new Impreza couldn't get any uglier...
      • 5 Years Ago
      that roof scoop is a waste of time, aerodynamics doesnt work like that. an air pocket will form there and render it useless basically. possibly choke the engine rather than give it more air.
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