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FS (CA): 1999 I-Speed (X-Wing) 2.5 RS Conversion #10 (1st 2.5-liter AVCS)

1999 I-Speed USA 2.5 RS Conversion #10 (1st 2.5-liter AVCS) - SOLD
The only GC8 to ever compete in the Ultimate Street Car Challenge

Information can also be found on the Crawford Performance Website: Click Here
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Sport Compact Car Magazine – December 2004
Written By: Jonathan Lopez
Photos By: Guy Spangenburg
Original Owner: William T. Knose Jr.

Title: Use The Force
1999 Subaru Impreza RS
Everyone has fantasies of flying around in his own spaceship. You know, visiting distant planets, dodging black holes, picking up space chicks dressed in tight silver jumpsuits. Whether you're eight, 18 or 80, it sounds like the perfect lifestyle. Problem is you have to married to Theresa Heinz Kerry to afford such a toy.

Bill Knose of San Jose, Calif., isn't, so he decided to fly on the ground. Bill works at I-Speed USA, a Subaru tuning company, and his ship of choice was the Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS, dubbed the 'X-Wing.'

Accolades:
Feature Sport Compact Car Magazine – December 2004
Ultimate Street Car Challenge Shootout – January 2005
- 1st Place Drivability Competition
- 2nd Place Grandma Test
- 2nd Place Braking Competition
- 2nd Place 1/4 Mile Acceleration
- 1st Place 0-60mph 4.2 seconds (replaced with 20-100 mph this year)

2005 American Touge 2 Competition and Video
- Best Motoring Video of The Drift King (Keiichi Tsuchiya)
Fastest Subaru at the 2004 West Coast Subaru Time Attack Shootout

Engine Modifications:
- Crawford Performance S3L-h Short Block (2.5 liter) - NEW Engine
- Crawford Performance CP32 Turbo Kit (400 HP) - NEW Turbo
- Crawford Performance Cold Air Intake (For Rotated Kits)
- Crawford Performance Intercooler Install Kit (For Rotated Kits)
- Crawford Performance Cat Back Signature Exhaust
- Crawford Performance Air/Oil Separator
- Crawford Performance TGV Deletes
- Crawford Performance Street Max Clutch
- Subaru WRX STI Spec C Tranny and Engine Mounts
- Subaru WRX Version VII 4.444 Final Drive Manual Transmission
- Subaru WRX Version VII 4.444 Rear Differential
- Large Front Mount Intercooler (Size, compare to APS)
- JDM AVCS STI Version VII Heads with Large Ports
- Walbro High Flow (255lph) Fuel Pump
- Siemens 635cc High Impedance Injectors
- KOYO Larger Capacity Radiator and Upgraded Fans - NEW Radiator
- New NAPA Battery
- Air Conditioning, Recharged and Working Perfectly

ECU Modifications:
- EcuTeK License on JDM Version 8 WRX STI Spec C ECU
- I-Speed USA Custom Dyno Tune (400HP, 400TQ) on 91 Octane
- EcuTeK License on USDM 2002 WRX ECU (used for smog)
- I-Speed USA Custom Tune for 91 Octane

Suspension And Brake Modifications:
- Prodrive P1 Struts and P1 Springs
- Prodrive Higher Performance Road Pads
- Brembo STI 4 Pot Fronts
- Brembo STI 2 Pot Brake Rears
- Cusco Rear Strut Bar
- Motul RBF600 Brake Fluid
- Swift 20mm Front Sway Bar
- Swift 22mm Rear Sway Bar
- Polyurethane Front and Rear End links
- Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings

Interior and Exterior:
- Version 5 WRX STI Front Lip
- Version 5 WRX STI Fog Light Covers
- Version 5 WRX STI Adjustable Front Seats
- Version 5 WRX STI Rear Seats
- Version 5 WRX STI Shift Knob
- Version 5 WRX STI E-Brake Handle
- Version 5 WRX STI Clear RearSignal Lights
- Version 5 WRX STI Clear Front Signal Lights
- Non-Subaru Version 5 WRX STI Clear Corner Markers
- Impreza WRX 22B Hood Vents
- Repainted Entire Car – Platinum Color
- Color Matched Side Skirts
- Mirror Tint Rear Windows
- HID Converted Headlights (6000K)
- USDM WRX STI Gauge Cluster
- Autometer Phantom Series Oil Pressure Gauge
- Autometer Phantom Series Fuel Pressure Gauge
- Autometer Phantom Series Boost Gauge
- 52mm Gauge Pod Holder
- Real Rota Rims – Advan RG Knock Offs
- Hella Horns replaces original horn
- Sony Xplod Tweeters and Midrange

General Notes:
- The vehicle is in excellent running condition with the following notes below
- VIN: JF1GM6755XG403194 (please review at CarFax.com)
- Engine Swap - Smog legal with California (Inspected by California Referee in 2003, see picture of sticker)
- Crawford Performance S3L-h Short Block (2.5 liter) - 0 miles
- Crawford Performance CP32 Turbo Kit - 0 miles
- Crawford Performance Street Max Clutch - 65,000 miles
- Subaru Impreza RS Chassis - 135,000 miles
- Prodrive Suspension - 100,000 miles
- Subaru WRX Version VII 4.444 Final Drive Manual Transmission - 65,000 miles
- Subaru WRX Version VII 4.444 Rear Differential - 65,000 miles
- Brembo 4 Pot / 2 Pot Calipers (Gold) - 20,000 miles
- Brembo Rotors and Pas - 5,000 miles
- Pirelli P7 High Performance All Season Tires (215/45/17) - 5,000 miles


Track Attendance (D=drag, T=Track)
- Laguna Seca (T) - 2 days (Naturally Aspirated)
- Thunderhill (T) - 2 days (Naturally Aspirated)
- Thunderhill (T) - 2 days (Turbo Charged)
- Buttonwillow (T) - 1 day (Turbo Charged)
- Sears Point (T) - 1 day (Turbo Charged)
- Sears Point (D) - 1 day (Turbo Charged)
- Willow Springs (T) - 1 day (Turbo Charged)
- Qualcomm 1/8 mile (D) - 3 days (Turbo Charged)


Personal Note:
I (William Knose @ I-Speed USA) have owned this vehicle from day one when I purchased it in Burlington, Vermont while I was working at IDX Systems Corporation. What inspired me to purchase this vehicle was the cover of CAR magazine January 2000 Issue. From then on knew I was going to modify it and decided the best place to do that was in California. Besides, the internet boom was still alive and I was hoping I could cash in on the computer science degree I had received only a year earlier.

Once I moved out to California I met up with the original people from I-Club (before the NASIOC / I-Club divorce) and learned a great deal about what could be done to these vehicles. At this point I started investing my own time, energy and hard earned money into building up this vehicle and this is when I-Speed USA was formed in the summer of 2001.

A lot has happened in those 8 years and I finally have reached the end of this project. I have lost many a girlfriend over this particular vehicle and I am getting to a point in my life where I would like to start looking into keeping one the next time around. The X-Wing has a long story behind it, from the day it was purchased, a history that can only be told by whoever owns the vehicle. From the days of the Ultimate Street Car Challenge, driving it to and from the track (including, Thunderhill, Laguna Seca, Buttonwillow, Willow Springs and California Speedway), daily driving it for over 100,000 miles and even being honored by the Drift King himself (Keiichi Tsuchiya), who took it for a few hot laps at the Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs. This car has had an amazing life and I am sad to see her go, but it time to part ways and move onto the next project in my own life.

If there were to be a history of how the Subaru world grew up to what it is today in North America this would be one of those icons people will always remember. From Magazines, to DVDs, from the first Subaru shootout to the Ultimate Street Car Challenge, it was a dream that became reality. It will be always known as the X-Wing.

SOLD, for serious inquiries or if you would like to make an offer please e-mail: [email protected]

As always if you have any questions, please ask.

Cheers,
William T Knose Jr
 

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damn...i remember seeing bill's car back in 2000.

i remember at a bay area meet when we were getting together to take a big group photo for the subaru drive magazine. bill's car was at the front.
 

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Uh.. these exist from Subaru?
You know you are probably right about that. I bought these about 7 years ago and thought they were a Subaru part but after some quick research I do not believe they are, more than likely they are just clear corners.

I apologize for the incorrect information, it has been updated.

Cheers,
Bill
 

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You know you are probably right about that. I bought these about 7 years ago and thought they were a Subaru part but after some quick research I do not believe they are, more than likely they are just clear corners.

I apologize for the incorrect information, it has been updated.

Cheers,
Bill
Oh okay, I wasn't hating on your thread at all.. I was curious because I've been trying to make the front of my car OEM and didn't know if those were OEM or not. :)

Any videos of the car?
 

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Oh okay, I wasn't hating on your thread at all.. I was curious because I've been trying to make the front of my car OEM and didn't know if those were OEM or not. :)

Any videos of the car?
No problems, it was a good question and happy to clear it up. As for some videos... I have a few short ones. But I will see if I can get a few more of the vehicle just idling and walking around it this weekend.

In the mean time here are a few older videos I have of the vehicle.
crawfordperformance.com/videos -> Category Other

Cheers,
Bill
 

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NO! Not the X-wing! :puppy_dog

Hope all is well Bill. Be sure it goes to a good home. I'll keep a lookout for any potentials, female preferably, I know. So what is Skywalker replacing his X-wing with?



(I'm not too worried, You'll be back :burnout:)
 
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