A little bit of a flashback today with the Bozz Speed Impreza at Tokyo Auto Salon.
It’s been over 10 years since this car drove Tsukuba Circuit for the first time – it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.
The Bozz Speed GD comes from an era where most tuning shops were still learning and experimenting with aerodynamics. Most of today’s time attack cars look to be perfectly suited for FIA GT racing and DTM, but not so long ago crazy aero was far less common. The custom front splitter on this car was pretty extreme for the time – it also looked great.
Originally based on an STi Spec C, it became more extreme in both performance and looks throughout its evolution. The iteration pictured here sported a Varis rear wing and diffuser.
I’ve been feeling very nostalgic for Japanese demo cars of the last 15 years. In many ways they were my entry point into motor sports and would eventually lead me to Formula 1 and sports car racing. The reason Japanese demo cars are so appealing is because they’re the perfect blend of grassroots motoring and new technology. Despite the enormous development costs in terms of performance and aero, they still feel attainable and unlike most other race cars, something you could actually own.
Like so many of its counterparts, the Bozz Speed Impreza is a definite classic.