Jon is aiming to be TopScoob 14 this coming Month, and based on what I’ve seen he’s got a damn good chance. Equipped with some 18×9.5 +32 Prodrive GC-010G’s and 255/35/18 Bridgestone RE-11s he’s got himself a little track animal. With nearly 10 track days under his belt in this 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Jon has let this animal run free on more than a few of his local and not so local road courses. This car doesn’t just look amazing, it also performs thanks to a tried and true suspension from KW and a Yimi Sport Tune of his Cobb AP v2.0 (kinda sorta Stage2 Protune). Enough of the Intro lets get to the details.Â Jon will also be competing in this months Redline Time Attack @ Big Willow. I’m excited to see some results from all his seat time. Enough of the Intro lets get to the details.
Jon is on his 8th Subaru. One of the many Subaru owners sucked into the community by his roommates and closest friends. Jon’s nicely modified A4 (with the infamous 1.8T) couldn’t keep up to his friend’s WRX. As with the rest of the community one drive and you’re hooked. “It’s what makes a Subaru a Subaru”. Jon’s story about why he loves Subaru isn’t uncommon. Jon had bought a 1993 Subaru Impreza L wagon with aspirations to swap in the bigger and better WRX drivetrain into his poor unsuspecting L, something else unsuspected happened. He had an unfortunate accident where his Subaru Impreza L Wagon rolled during a Road Rally. Luckily, Jon had chosen the right car, the little L saved his life and like many other fortunate Subaru Owners, Jon walked away unscathed. Not only did a Subaru save Jon’s life but it also introduced him to some of his closest friends and one of the best communities of Owners in the Industry. Jon says it best “I am so thankful for the friendly Subaru community and all my close friends that I have met because of Subaru.”
Jon took his previous street car (Subaru Legacy Spec.B) and his previous track car (Mazda Mazdaspeed Miata) and traded them both in on this sexy Obsidian Black Pearl 2008 STI. It was hard to say no to some of the offers Subaru was putting on the table. Eventually, Jon just broke down and decided it was time to get back on the track in a Subaru, and just for kicks decided he’d Daily Drive it too! This animal of an STI has been to Buttonwillow, Willow Springs, Streets of Willow and Auto Club Speedway all driven by Jon himself (gotta tune the nut between the seat and the wheel!).Â
Jon’s performance path is best described by him, he’s not one of the uniformed consumers who just buy random stuff because they like the name or found it in a magazine.
“All of the parts on this car have been carefully selected in comparison to the past where I would find just the best deals. I owe a lot to my sponsors, Ferdie at South Coast Subaru who has guided me the whole way through the build of this car and also my tuners both Paul Yim and Paul Leung of YimiSport Tuning in Santa Clarita, CA. They have been nothing but supportive and have encouraged me to be competitive in Time Attack races.”
YimiSport Tuning should sound familiar for you loyal blog readers, they also tuned the Family Man’s track car owned by Jamie. The guys at YimiSport Tuning in Santa Clarita are turning out some amazing vehicles. The Time Attack circuit is going to get attacked by a full squad of YimiSport Tuning cars.
Jon’s car is getting some well deserved exposure in a few publications here in the future, keep your eyes open.
It’s up to the Nasioc Subaru Community to vote for the next Top Scoob and I’ve got my vote in for Jon.
I’m going to have to get a review from Jon on how he likes the new RE-11’s once he gets done with a few more events.
And it’s up to Jon to get out there and show some of the big dogs who’s boss out there on the Time Attack Circuit!
Prodrive GC-010G 18×9.5 +32 (Type L lip, Type M face)
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 255/35/18 (for Time Attack Street Class)
Project Kics R40 Lugnuts
KW Clubsports 9k/9k
Cobb Front Sway
Whiteline Rear Sway
Whiteline Rear Sway brackets
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Whiteline Roll Center Kit
Whiteline Chassis Brace
Cusco Rear Lateral Links
Hawk HP+ F+R (Street)
Project Mu Level Max 900 F+R (Track)
Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Invidia Catted DP
Milltek Catback exhaust (same as on the Litchfield Type 20)
AEM Cold Air Intake
Perrin Turbo Inlet
Tomei EXpreme Equal Length Header w/ uppipe
Prodrive Battery Tie Down
Prodrive Oil Cap
Crawford Performance A/O Separator
Cobb AP V2 (from my Spec.B )
YimiSport ProTune w/ Launch Control and Flat Foot Shifting
300 whp 357 wtq
Varis Front Lip (Dry Carbon)
PIAA Plasma Ion 9006 Foglight Bulbs
BlueBatmobile Rear Taillight overlays
Bride FO Rails
Kenwood DNX-7120 Navi Headunit
Prova Shift Knob
JDM Subaru AV Panel
Rally Innovations Harness Bar
Schroth Profi II ASM Harness