Travis Pastrana’s 862 HP Subaru GL Wagon Is An Awesome Throwback


The Subaru GL Wagon built by Hoonigan for the one and only Travis Pastrana is a Gymkhana car unlike any other.

Unveiled back in January, the car was created for Pastrana to continue his collaboration with the Hoonigan team. It came to life shortly after work on his 862 hp Subaru WRX STI was completed and brought to life by Subaru Motorsports USA and Vermont SportsCar.

The car is inspired by an original GL Wagon but features a completely bespoke tube frame with carbon fiber touches. It also features a complete WRC-spec roll cage and while its overall length is very similar to the original, it is almost a foot wider.

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The engine is largely identical to the one powering Pastrana’s WRX STI. As such, it is a 2.3-liter boxer with a billet engine block and has a crankshaft from Subaru’s RallyCross program. Vermont SportsCar also built it with billet heads, a twin timing belt system, a huge Garrett turbocharger, and a unique exhaust system. It delivers 862 hp through all four wheels courtesy of a sequential transmission.

Pastrana drove the car for the first time in public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year and during his hillclimb runs, showed off the car’s active aerodynamic components. As discussed by Vermont SportsCar in this video, these elements were designed to not be noticeable when the car is stationary but under braking, pop up to act as air brakes.


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