The Subaru Impreza WRC is a World Rally Car based on the Subaru Impreza road car. It was used by Subaru World Rally Team, Subaru’s factory team, and replaced Subaru Legacy RS from in 1993. The car was debuted at 1993 Rally Finland and won a total of five world rally titles, including three consecutive manufacturers’ titles and two drivers’ titles.
In December 2007, Subaru began testing the WRC2008, based on the all new GE chassis Impreza WRX. The 2008 car was expected to benefit from a decreased polar moment of inertia due to smaller overhangs, and also featured a double wishbone rear suspension. However, Prodrive found this setup inferior, and converted the rear suspension back to the original MacPherson design. An updated 2007 car was used for the first few rallies, while the 2008 version was readied for competition. Markko Märtin signed a deal to become the official test driver for the Subaru team in 2008, and completed the majority of the testing on the WRC2008.
During a 4-day test at Sardinia between 30 April and 3 May 2008, Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson drove the WRC2008 for the first time. A date for its debut was still not given. On 20 May 2008, the Subaru World Rally Team confirmed the WRC2008 would make its WRC debut at the Acropolis Rally of Greece, beginning on the 29th of May. On the car’s rally debut, the WRC2008 scored its first podium finish with Petter Solberg placing 2nd in the Acropolis Rally.
Chris Atkinson‘s third place two rallies later at Rally Finland was the final WRC podium finish for the car and the Subaru World Rally Team, which withdrew from the championship at the end of 2008 amidst the difficult economic conditions of the time.