A limited-edition Cosworth-tuned Subaru Impreza WRX STI beat a number of high-performance roadcars and supercars like the Nissan GT-R, the V8 Ariel Atom, the Ford Focus RS500 and even the Lexus LFA at last weekend's Cholmondeley Pageant of Power.
With former British Rally Champion Mark Higgins behind the wheel, the Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 recorded a best time of 66.08 seconds at an average speed of 105kph on the twisty, nearly two-kilometer-long Cholmondeley circuit in Cheshire, United Kingdom. If Higgins' name sounds familiar, that's because he recently set the production road car lap record in a Subaru Impreza on the Isle of Man TT circuit.
In the final standings, only a Lamborghini LP570-4 Performante driven by Cholmondeley circuit's lap record holder, Nikki Faulkner, could beat Higgins' Cosworth-fettled Impreza with a time of 63.54 seconds.
"The Pageant's track is incredibly narrow and asks a surprising amount of both car and driver," said Higgins. "If you want to set a decent time, good traction, strong brakes and stability at speed are all essential. The Subaru delivered on all those scores."
In the wet, though, the CS400 was unbeatable by completing the circuit with the quickest time of 68.18 seconds, over four seconds faster than the second-placed Lancia Delta Intergrale WRC.
"We're delighted that the CS400 in Mark's talented hands took the fight so strongly to the supercar elite. Finishing ahead of cars like the Ariel Atom V8 is a real testament to the engineering and development work by both Cosworth and Subaru," said Subaru UK's marketing director, Kenyon Neads. "Ours was not only the fastest hatchback, but also the quickest vehicle in any class when the circuit was wet, which speaks volumes for its capabilities."