It was a glorious day when Subaru introduced the WRX to the U.S. market. The imaginations of enthusiasts went wild as they fancied a date with the mud, ice and the Subaru WRX. After all, it had the template to be a rally car: all wheel drive and a flat-four turbocharged motor. But for some people, they don't see a gutted-out off-roader. Some see a car destined to roll hard down the streets. Enter Brendan Bannister's bagged WRX.
To this day, there's an army of people with pitchforks and torches ready to tear down anything with air. They will swear on their mother's grave that static is the one and only way to build a proper car. But if you've been keeping up with us, we've presented countless cars on air that aren't just parked pretty, but are swift and nimble—such as Ian King's RWB Porsche and Bernardo Pena's Liberty Walk GT-R.
Brendan's WRX has been on our radar for quite some time now. He's been killin' the Subie game at Wekfest and other popular car shows while still daily driving the car when he's not away at school. You have to give props to a guy who does a lot of DIY work in the garage. Brendan admits that the bags were the most difficult part of his build, but together with his homie, he was able to install the AccuAir e-Level management system to give his car adjustability and that perfect stance.
With the suspension on point, Brendan wanted to make sure his exterior was just as unique. The BT Aero carbon-fiber front lip leads the eyes to the bold Chargespeed-style carbon side skirts. Then when you get to the rear, you'll see a Voltex Type 1 wing and a custom race-inspired diffuser.
They say you can judge a person by his or her shoes; that's true about wheels as well. You won't find any replicas here, but wheels equivalent to a pair of Jordans. Brendan rocks polished 18x10.5" Work Meister S1Rs with a 4.3" lip in the front and a 4.7" at the rear.
In the cabin you'll find the top-shelf usual suspects such as a Bride buckets, Takata harnesses, a Cusco rollcage and an array of Defi gauges.
Out of the showroom floor, the WRX already has impressive performance, so Brendan decided to keep the mods under the hood to a minimum with a Tomei exhaust, Invidia downpipe and Cobb intake.
It's true the WRX is rally inspired, but a wise man once said, "Variety in taste is a good thing for the world." This couldn't be any truer for Mr. Bannister and his bagged WRX.