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Subaru Legacy RS
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At the time when Legacy debuted in WRC, Subaru was a small and hence largely unknown manufacturer. Equipped with a boxer engine, the car was as exotic as it's manufacturer. For several years Subaru had, in Japanese tradition, entered only Safari Rally but now they were stepping up their programme.

Besides the boxer engine, Legacy was better off than some other Japanese of this era. It was equipped with full two-litre engine - which Mazda 323 never enjoyed - and had intercooler located at the back of the engine bay - whereas Nissan Sunny GTI-R had it on top of the hot engine block. Engine was all-aluminium unit which made it light but was not especially powerful.

From the outset, Prodrive concentrated a lot of their development effort into modern 4WD technology, exploring deep into workings of the differentials. Slightly underpowered and too big car showed a flash of speed from time to time and eventually won in it's final days. In retrospect it's easy to say that Legacy's importance was in building up the experience and momentum that it's successor, the Impreza, exploited to full effect.

Statistics
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Debut WRC event: Acropolis 1990
Best WRC result: 1st by Colin McRae in New Zealand 1993
Rallies contested: 25  (works entries)
WRC starts: 45  (works entries)
Outright wins: 1  (wins to rallies ratio 4.0%)
Podiums: 6  (podiums to starts ratio 13.3%)
DNF's: 21  (DNF's to starts ratio 46.7 %)
Points scored: 208  (manufacturer championship points)
Avg points per rally: 8.3  
Technical data
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Group and class A8
Engine
Location: Front longitudinal
Turbo: Yes
Cylinders: 3 flat (boxer)
Valves: 16
Bore x stroke: 92.6 x 75.0 mm
Cubic capacity: 1994 cc
Power: 295 hp
Torque: 320 Nm
Compression ratio: 8.0:1
Dimensions
Length: 4510 mm
Width: 1705 mm
Height: 1325 mm
Wheelbase: 2580 mm
Front track: 1465 mm
Rear track: 1455 mm
Weight: 1120 kg
Transmission
Drive: 4WD
Gears: 6
Sequential: No
Clutch plates: 1
Subaru Legacy RS
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