Among the many exploits of Ken Block we've posted on over the years, we've always loved this video of his Subaru WRX STI fitted with tracks at all four corners. So when we got a tip on an eBay Motors auction for a similarly equipped WRX, we were tempted to head up I-75 to check out the car in person.

The Subaru is for sale in Chassell, MI, some 550 miles north of Detroit in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, way up in the Keweenaw Peninsula, which extends into the middle of Lake Superior. With apologies to our friends in Canada, it's about as far north as you want to go when the snow flies. And the snow flies a lot in the Keweenaw, thanks to a wicked lake effect that dumps more than 200 inches of the white stuff every winter. Yes, that's over 17 feet of snow, but it's nothing compared to the winter of 1978-1979, when the area got almost 30. So if you're wondering why anyone not named Ken Block would fit a track system to their Impreza, well, now you know.

Alas, this year Michigan has not seen much in the way of winter, even up in the frosty north country. With just 120 inches of snow through the end of February and temperatures that pushed into the upper 70s on St. Patrick's Day, getting around the Keweenaw right now does not require tank-like traction – or even four-wheel-drive.

Whether that's motivated the seller or not, we don't know, but we do know what would motivate us to buy: The promise of next winter.

Click past the jump to see video of this eBay Motors find kicking up rooster tails, or check out all the pictures in our gallery.


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      JoeC
      • 3 Years Ago
      The dude wants 17k for a 2002 WRX with 196k miles. unless the tracks are worth 10-12k this is a complete rip off...especially since he goes on to say that it takes 30 mins to put the wheels back on to make it a daily driver. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Subaru-Impreza-WRX-DOMINATOR-TRACK-SYSTEM-American-Track-Truck-/251027905304?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3a726ddb18#ht_1043wt_1165
      dan1malk
      • 3 Years Ago
      At ~40 sec it sounds like a TIE fighter going by. *Star Wars nerd leaves the room... ;)
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect car for the end of the road.
      Hector Campos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its surprisingly fast! I wonder how the braking system is hooked up...
      chicopeehighsux
      • 3 Years Ago
      wtf, the article includes a good half dozen links and not a single one is to the ebay sale??
        Reece Lightning
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chicopeehighsux
        you know the news source is the ebay sale right?
          torqued
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Reece Lightning
          "News Source: eBay Motors" Click on the blue, underlined text where it says "eBay Motors". Dumbledore.
          chicopeehighsux
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Reece Lightning
          wtf? No, I think the source of this article is a nostrodamus quatrain. I want a LINK to the EBAY SALE, dumbledore.
      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like this thing a whole lot more after seeing the video. I didn't expect the car to be as quick as it was with the tracks installed. While this thing is pretty awesome, I think that the market for this kind of vehicle is pretty limited.
      antacid
      • 3 Years Ago
      eh how much do those tracks cost new? The car is only worth like $6k.
      xspeedy
      • 3 Years Ago
      But will it drift?
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