Looking back, the year 2000 was a pretty special time. The world had survived the Y2K fiasco with nary a scratch... other than having a pile of soon-to-be obsolete VCRs that were suddenly even more difficult to program than they had been before. On this side of the pond, it looked as if the human race was fresh with optimism, and 9/11 was still nothing more than what you called when the garage caught fire. Or was that just us? But for the UK, 2000 was special for an entirely different reason. It was the year Subaru brought the infamous Impreza P1 to the empire.
Conservatively described as one of the best production Impreza models ever sold, the car was built by Prodrive in the image of the already legendary rally racers beating up on the WRC at the time. With 280 horsepower pushing a mere 2,850 pounds via Subaru's all-wheel drive wizardry, it boasted STI performance when the company's performance arm was still a twinkle in the Fuji Heavy Industries eye.
Last weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the car, and as such, 100 Imperza P1s descended on the Prodrive headquarters in Branbury to mark the occasion. In addition, another 300 Scoobies and 1,000 fans of both Subaru and Prodrive showed up to participate. Hit the jump for the press release.
100 Impreza P1s descended on Prodrive at Banbury today, Sunday 9 May, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the car, which hit Britain's roads in 2000.
A further 300 Subaru Imprezas and 1000 fans also joined in the commemorative event.
The car was one of the most iconic in a range of limited edition Subaru Imprezas which were produced by Prodrive during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was also the only road car to bear the Prodrive name.
The car was unveiled by England's only World Rally Champion, the late Richard Burns, at the UK motorshow in 1999, but went on sale in 2000. Only a 1000 were produced, all in the same unique blue colour. The car was based on two door Japanese specification Impreza, but had significant modifications engineered by Prodrive to the suspension, drivetrain, trim and aerodynamics to make it one of the best point-to-point cars on British roads.