Can you get your car rolling on a city street or a wooded street like Ken Block? Probably not. Of course, the inability to hold 100-foot all-wheel-drive slides and place a front wheel within millimeters of a dock drop-off hasn’t stopped tens of thousands of gymkhana fans from imitating their rally hero. Camera. Most do this with their own modified WRX or Focus ST / RS, but now there’s a rare chance to get behind the wheel of Block’s own Subie – all you have to do is win the auction.
Up for grabs is Block’s old 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (updated to 2006 exterior specs), a fully race-ready Group N rally car that was built for use in Rally America in mid-2000. In his hands, the little WRX drove to a handful of wins, including its very first overall win at the 2006 Rally of 100 Acre Woods. Unfortunately, this car is older than Block’s first Gymkhana video and is not one of the cars that standard set for rally videos by exhibitionists.
Even so, this might sound familiar to Block fans beyond its success on the rally stage. Block made headlines behind the wheel of this STI when he set the world record for the long jump at 171 feet for Discovery networks Stunt junkies. The record has been broken several times since then, but hey – that’s still a piece of motorsport history.
Even removed from its prominent owner, this is quite a bit of vehicle equipment. Built by Subaru’s technical partner Vermont SportsCar, this WRX STI is ready for more filthy, muddy adventures, provided the winner doesn’t plan on making this an expensive piece of garage art. If you plan to burn down the cleaner right away at a local rally, you’ll be delighted to know that Block’s team of rally mechanics have prepped the car for sale with a full fluid flush, new cam belt, and brand new fuel cell.