Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow

Knowing this is my car doesn’t sink in until it’s on the show and you see the number of people noticing it, taking pictures and asking questions about it, I really love this part of the car scene. It’s an amazing feeling, it’s mine and my work that’s made it that way. 

Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow
Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive - Gary krakow

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Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive

Gary Krakow

Instagram: @garykrakow

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Hi, I’m Gary Krakow I have a Subaru Impreza P1 Pro Drive. At present, it is running a very healthy 642bhp with plans to get a bit more out of it in the future. It is the only one I know of to have an air ride. 

I’ve owned the car for 14 years now, it has been a fantastic journey and because I always wanted one when I first saw them produced I’m so glad I chose this model. Believe it or not m 10-year-old boy Taylor Krakow was born in the car so, as you can imagine, it has a lot of sentimental value to the family. 

I got into cars when I was small, I was always playing and tinkering with my grandad's cars, so it’s all his fault. I’ve been a mechanic for 24 years and now turned Into a diagnostic tech at Ok Automotive, which I really enjoy.

I chose this car as I wanted to stand out from everyone else, don’t we all, being different and not following the crowd or building something just because it's what everyone else wants is the great thing about the car scene, we are all unique. With it being a 3-door Subaru Impreza there are not many about in the UK, so they are becoming very rare and sought after, if you see one for sale BUY IT. 

Once I bought it the fun started, modifying it to my taste, I changed the look so no one could copy it or say I bought it like this, I wanted to change it to how I always pictured it, I think I accomplished that. You don’t normally see 19-inch Alloy wheels on a Subaru or the massive brake conversion, plus with it being lowered on The Airrex air ride from America which is Ideal for the spec of this car, I think it makes it unique.

Knowing this is my car doesn’t sink in until it’s on the show and you see the number of people noticing it, taking pictures and asking questions about it, I really love this part of the car scene. It’s an amazing feeling, it’s mine and my work that’s made it that way. 

If I had some advice to offer to anyone wanting to get into modifying cars, I would say If u want to stand out and you have a picture, a dream in your head about a car, and what you can do with it, go for it doesn’t matter what people say or do. It’s your car, your dream, your hard work, do it the way you want. Be different from the rest.

It has massive spec throughout.

The spec it has is,

Engine

  • lag stage 4 extreme 2.5 close deck block
  • Iag 14mm oil pump
  • Iag oil pick up
  • Iag 1.6mm copper fire ring head gasket
  • Iag rist pin kit
  • Iag baffle plate
  • Stage 2 cylinder head porting and polished
  • Steel valves
  • Double spring kit
  • Titanium retainers
  • Rcm vernier pulleys
  • Gaz billet 272 camshafts
  • Rcm 272 camshaft kit
  • Rcm fuel rails
  • Rcm adaptors
  • 1340cc top feed injectors
  • Top feed adaptor kit
  • Waldron 450 fuel pump
  • Billet y piece and fitting kit
  • Clubman electrical bulkhead fitting kit
  • Fuel lab fuel pressure regulator
  • 3.5 bar maps sensor
  • Custom intercooler boost pipes
  • Ported throttle body
  • Custom dump valve
  • Spec Jdm reversed inlet
  • Js performance silicone pipes
  • Mishimoto radiator
  • Mishimoto fans and shroud
  • Rcm cooler thermostat
  • Coil pack conversion kit
  • Spk Ngk ilfr7h spark plugs
  • Sti 3 bar coolant cap
  • 19-row oil cooler and sandwich plate
  • GT spec headers with rotated up pipe.
  • Gt35xt turbo
  • Rcm waste gate 44mm
  • Blitz full decat exhaust system
  • Sim tek Ecu with 8 switchable maps
  • K&N air filter
  • Cosworth cambelt kit
  • Rcm cleat cambelt covers
  • Rcm front mount intercooler

Transmission

  • 6-speed r180 driveshafts
  • Excedy double plate clutch and lighted flywheel
  • Quick shift

Suspension

  • Custom airrex air ride adjustable double bagged coil overs with adjustable camber with remote
  • White line Polly bushes
  • Carbon strut front upper brace
  • Rear lower diff brace

Wheels

  • 19-inch Bola b11
  • 225/30/19 tyres show only

Brakes

  • Front  k-Tec 360mm Rota’s 8 pot and
  • Rear   K-Tec 360mm Rota’s 4 pot
  • Braided hoses

Body

  • Headlight custom intake
  • Prodrive bigger bonnet scoops
  • Windows 20% tint
  • Custom Lower splitter and skirts
  • Ganador mirrors
  • Carbon spoiler
  • Jdm roof vent

Interior

  • Safety devises 6 feet roll cage
  • 4 gauges with pods

Ice

  • Kenwood touch screen tv, satnav
  • Built-in boot install
  • Juiced 10-inch sub 6x9 5.25 door speakers
  • 600amp

I enjoy what I do and have done 80% of the work myself. I’ve had help with the full paint job at dragons auto smart repairs and the engine side and tuning at area 52 were a massive help to me so many thanks to all of them.

My future plans are to hit 700bhp and take it to the Nurburgring to enjoy it the way it should be, fast and on track. The car is an all-around car I race it, show it, and use it for the best of both worlds.

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