Subaru called. They wanted their car back. They didn't say why, but we have a feeling it has something to do with the fact that, by the time you read this, the all-new 2008 WRX will be launched.
So we gave it back, and what does Subaru do? Loan it to this Brit bloke by the name of Russ Swift (www.russswift.com). Swift has three Guinness Book of World Records to his name for parallel parking in the tightest space, J-turn in the tightest space and fastest donuts.
As part of a promotion for THQ's Stuntman Ignition video game, Swift demonstrated his three world record stunts, plus one more -driving on two wheels-all on top of a tight seven-story parking garage in Hollywood, California.
Before doing so, Swift modified the WRX we so hastily put back to stock. But instead of adding performance, he took some away. For the parallel parking and J-turn stunts, Swift disabled the all-wheel drive system and traded our stock wheels and tires for narrower 205/55R16s to decrease traction.
He made the stunts look easy, pulling 'Rockfords' at 40mph in a gap between two parked cars only slightly wider than the WRX is long. Then he piled four people into the car and drove the right two wheels up a ramp to get it balanced on the other two.
The only stunt he had trouble with was, ironically, the easiest one. For the donuts, Swift used a fully functioning STI, also borrowed from Subaru, which he got to spin on its own axis in a thick white cloud of Pirelli smoke. Too bad he lost sight of the nearby retaining wall and hit it with enough force to bash the grille and tent the hood. Subaru called. They want their car back.