“OUR PLAN WAS TO SUPERSEDE THE LOOKS, THE FEEL, AND THE PRESENCE OF THE STI IN JAPAN AND MAKE IT JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND BADASS.”
– Kiven Reynolds, Technician, Service Engineering Center, Subaru of America, Inc., and member of the build team
Two Subaru Forester Sports 2.5 XT models were delivered to a small performance shop in Costa Mesa, California, late Monday afternoon, October 23, 2006. In less than 48 hours, four men changed one of them into a concept vehicle that’s a Subaru performance-lover’s fantasy!
The new 2007 Forester Sports 2.5 X and 2.5 XT models were introduced at the 2006 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in November. These are refreshing, more aggressive-looking additions to the Forester lineup. The Forester Sports Concept was devised to help promote their debut.
Preparation time was at a premium, because the team that modified the stock vehicles only had a maximum of three days to do the job in California during the week prior to the SEMA Show dates.
A few weeks before assembly, Garrick Goh (Performance Parts Project Engineering Manager) and Kiven Reynolds (Technician, Service Engineering Center) of Subaru of America, Inc. assembled the parts that they thought they could use to modify a turbocharged Forester Sports 2.5 XT. Allowing themselves the opportunity of mixing and matching to have the correct parts, they pulled most of the items from the Genuine Subaru Performance Parts catalog.
Goh and Reynolds shipped the parts to Rally Sport Engineering, Inc. (RSE) in Costa Mesa, California. There they were to meet up with two Forester Sports 2.5 XT models on Monday, October 23. One of the vehicles would have an automatic transmission and the other a five-speed manual transmission. The five-speed would be the subject of the Concept exercise.