If you love rallies, the best races to watch is definitely the FIM World Rally Championship, or WRC for short. There are many fine examples that have graced us with their presence, but one of the most iconic cars that has ever joined WRC is the Subaru Impreza used by the Subaru World Rally Team.
Collecting Cars, an online auction platform for collectible cars, is currently auctioning off this #11 chassis Subaru Impreza S6 WRC driven by Richard Burns in the 2000 WRC championship. Four out of five race victories were collected and at the end of the season, he was only five points shy of the champion, Grönholm Marcus (Peugeot Esso).
People outside WRC buying the rally cars are not an unusual occurrence. What'll usually happen is that the car will be taken back to base (Prodrive in this case at the time) to be stripped off from any 'proprietary modifications or enhancements' before it is handed over to the new owner in a 'sanitised' state. Not with this Impreza, though.
The person who bought the car actually took the ‘end of the season’ acquisition terms, which meant that he/she took the car straight home at the end of the Rally of Great Britain in 2000. Whatever battle damage the car has acquired throughout the stage has been maintained, including things that the driver and navigator left in the car as well as the paint (or lack of thanks to Burns' grand efforts during the final race in England).
The current owner who snatched it up back in 2018 had a few works done to the engine, gearbox, and driveline to ensure that the car can be in running condition. Its ECU has also been remapped to allow the Impreza to run on normal petrol. And that's about it.
Currently, this Subaru Impreza S6 WRC has received 10 bids, where the highest is sitting at a whopping £410,000, which is around RM2.4 million. There are still five days left before the auction for this particular baby ends, and maybe, just maybe, the bid will go up. So much want.
Source: Collecting Cars