Listen, we’re not gonna bullshit you here. This is a car that was *not* gently driven only on Sunday mornings to church. This car is a complete 180 of that. This, our friends, is a 2002 (visually updated to 2006 “hawkeye” look) Subaru WRX STi rally car, built and prepared by Vermont SportsCar (the team that builds and runs Travis Pastrana’s Subaru Rally Team USA race car), which has been raced (hard), jumped (harder) and summarily stored (lovingly, under a car cover, in a climate controlled warehouse in Utah). You’ve also probably heard of the guy who’s selling it. He’s a guy named Ken Block and this is the car from his early career that (quite literally) launched him onto people’s radar as a rally driver, because it’s actually the car he piloted to his first-ever national championship rally win (Rally America’s Rally of the 100 Acre Wood in March of 2006).
As you can see in the photo above, this car hasn’t just been raced, it has also flown—171 feet through the air to be exact—as part of an episode of the Discovery Channel show Stunt Junkies. At the time in 2006, this distance was not only insane, it was also a world record. Video evidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQuH54URI54
So yes, a car that has done something epic (the jump) and historically significant (Block’s first-ever National Championship win). Without this vehicle, would there even be a Gymkhana franchise of viral videos? Would there have been a Hoonicorn? Could one argue that this particular vehicle was the actual crucible that spawned Block’s last decade+ of global influence and success? (the answer is yes, if you’re not picking up on that) What that means for you, potential auction winner, is that perhaps for you too, getting behind the wheel of this will become your crucible moment. We’ll let that sit with you for a second.
(100 AW photos: Lars Gange)
But back to this Subaru WRX STi. According to the seller, who, to remind you, is Ken Block, who has, like, a billion YouTube views (not an exaggeration, guy is the McDonalds of YouTube, billions served), the car comes with complete logbooks, which is always a plus with a historically significant racecar. Additionally, the vehicle is currently undergoing a refresh/spanner check by Block’s rally mechanics with a full fluid flush, new cam belt and a brand-new fuel cell being fitted prior to sale (this will make the duct tape note on the dashboard irrelevant, although humorous).
So, the big question: do you get it and park it as a museum piece or do you get it, strap in and immediately hammer down? (WSM rule #43: don’t lift!)
As an FYI, the full buyers fee on this auction is being donated by Wall Street Motorsport in the name of Ken Block and Hoonigan Racing Division to the charity of his choosing, which for this auction happens to be the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
All of the other details are available over on the right, the rest of the gallery is next up and the WSM Concierge who’s handling this listing for Block is available below to answer your questions. LFG!
UPDATE. A video showing a cold start can be found here: Ken Block's 2002 Subaru WRX STi cold start video.
Bid on this vehicle
|Current bid:||$53,000.00 by 78tavo|
|Ends on:||Wednesday, March 3 at 2:00PM|
Current bid: $53,000.00
Ending On: March 3, 2021 2:00 pm
Seller: Wall Street Motorsport
Location: Park City, UT
Dealer or Private Party: Private Party
World Record-setting jump distance
Vermont Sportscar built
2.0 L Group N-spec race engine
Group N-spec turbo and restrictor
Group N-spec intercooler water sprayer
6-speed dogbox transmission
Active center differential
Rally-spec coilover suspension
15-inch Speedline wheels
BFG gravel rally tires 195/70r/15
Group N Subaru brake calipers
Group N Subaru suspension components
Group N rally skidplates
Full FIA Group N rollcage
Recaro HANS seats
New cam belt
New fuel cell