Customer David Levey came to us with a vision and his dream of a project build for his 2004 Subaru STI but he didn't know where to start. Over the course of conversing for the better part of 6 months while he finished out his 2009 NASA TTB race season we developed a plan; an angle of attack if you will.
The plans were quite simple...really no different than anyone else who comes to LIC Motorsports for their needs. It was envision the end point; where he saw himself and this car in 6 months/1 year/3 years time from now, as this would give a foundation and one we could expand on in future.
The immediate plan to move into NASA TTA class was underway. We started with a solid platform which is centered on the Cosworth 2.5L short block. Added to the core of it all were the LIC Time Attack heads, utilizing a 70lbs valvetrain kit, inconel valves, and porting/polishing to perfection on the intake/exhaust chambers. To keep within rules we utilized the 09 STi turbo (VF48) as the older 2004 STi turbo's (VF39) all develop a severe crack which often times results in a compromised power output and inconsistencies, in addition we did TGV deletes while we were in the area. Next we looked towards the folks at COBB Motorsports to build a custom roll cage for this car and lots would need to be taken into consideration as our customer is 6'4" 250lbs. Upon receiving the car back from them we sent it out to paint (no rattle can paint job would do for our customer). Upon getting the car back from paint, we moved towards assembly and install of the new Sparco racing seat and 6 point competition harness was followed by a new set of DBA 5000 rotors and Hawk HP+ brake pads. In order to get this car planted we added on a set of Ohlin Flag Series coilovers accompanied by 10kg/8kg Swift springs. We then added on some cusco swaybars and whiteline spherical endlinks (these are a must to corner weight/balance a car). Coming to the little things it was onto a window net that is mandatory for wheel-to-wheel racing and dumping 20lbs off the front left nose of the car with a braille lightweight battery.
Project 2004 STi had come to an end....only 45 days from time of receiving it and 30 days of that build time was downtime at cage builder and paint.
Some pics of the process and end product:
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