Build ups: SR20VET-powered Subaru

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We don't just feature completed cars, sometimes the coolest stuff can be found in the under construction section. Meet the SUB20VET

Tom Warren’s project is pure blasphemy — to the purists, of course, but, for everyone else, it’s all things rad. It started three years ago with a blown motor. “I went away from the boxer engine, as I’ve had three S13s and five STi WRX wagons over the years, and I wanted to combine the two — I’ve learned a lot along the way with both the SR and WRX chassis,” he said.

He had previously chucked in a simple SR20DE+T to iron out the gremlins with the driveline and to dial in the suspension. As it sits now, there is a freshly built SR20VET underneath the bonnet, which is home to oversize Supertech valves and springs, with a forged bottom end, Sinco intake and turbo manifolds, and a Tomei M8270 mounted in pride of place. Ditching the four-wheel-drive system, Tom opted to run a standard SR20 box behind the VET, although he does plan to replace this with a DK1 dogbox when time and cash permit. 

Support comes in the way of BC Gold coilovers, with V7 STi front LCAs, V11 rear brakes, and a full S13 rear-wheel-drive back end. “The car is super twitchy,” Tom told us, “but I’ve had a bit of seat time and think it’s on the right track now … I swapped out the lower arms for a pair of V7 STi units, which are about 20mm wider each side. I’ve also done a little custom work to get as much caster out of it as possible — it’s still not enough, but, with the redrilled tie rod ends there is plenty of lock to play with.”

Tom’s plan is to produce in the ballpark of 373kW as a street-legal track car, and there is only a handful of pieces left to do — mainly the wiring and some pipework — before it’ll be good to go.


This build originally appeared in NZ Performance Car issue No. 249 — you can get your grubby mitts on a print copy for this and other rad content by clicking the cover below

Jaden Martin

Growing up inhaling paint fumes and bog dust at his old man's panel shop, Jaden is a qualified word bender that has obtained a 'brofessional' diploma in car building from years of trial and error. He's currently trying to finish his creation of Australian-based debauchery crammed with Japanese- and Euro-inspired goodness. You'll find him writing for NZ Performance Car and producing content online.

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