It has long been suggested that number 7 busses have a habit of not turning up for ages and then two come along at the same time. I think the saying should drop the bit about busses and change it to Subaru CS400 Cosworths - let me explain. Once again somebody had rather irresponsibly told Malcolm of the sale of one of these very rare cars - they only made 75 of them and many got exported so when one came up at Silverstone auctions he was understandably excited. What he hadn't realised until the day was that there were actually 2 of these rather special cars available. Malc, being Malc, decided the best course of action was to buy them both. I assume he wanted one for each foot.
These really are a monster and a very well appointed one at that -- lots of lovely leather and Cosworth logos appear here there and everywhere. As the name suggests power output is a not inconsiderable 400 BHP, I am led to believe they weigh not a lot. I am going to steal some of Subaru's text here to make sure I don't get any of the numbers wrong: The Cosworth-tuned, turbocharged vehicle is one of the world’s most accelerative hatchbacks. The renowned 2.5-litre turbocharged ‘Boxer’ engine is transformed to produce 33 per cent more power, drawing heavily on Cosworth’s extensive Formula 1 experience. The engine, which drives all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, boasts an impressive 400 ps and the new model reaches 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds, going on to cover a quarter mile in 12.75 seconds at a terminal speed of 107 mph. Top speed is limited to 155mph.
Now I would say that 0-60 in 3.7 is pretty rapid, if you had a dog in the back and you did that it's probably going to make a mess on the beautifully crafted seats. The fact that you can unleash that with the whole family in the car and a boot full of shopping is quite extraordinary. My Porsche has a bit more power, well about 100 more ponies actually, but it weighs as much as a small planet, it's top speed is about 171, God knows what the Cossie would do if it wasn't limited.
it doesn't look like there is much needs to be done with them, one has a few dints and dents that a PDR expert will have as right as rain for a very small amount of money, one of them has a non standard stereo but it came with the original. If it was me I would keep it as is - the benefit of sat nav, phone integration and Dab outweigh the originality argument in my book. The original can always be passed on when the car eventually gets resold.
I didn't have much time for taking photos, will add some more when I next venture down there.