Top Gear rivals Three Men Four Wheels get exclusive access to Colin Mcrae Impreza

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Top Gear rivals Three Men Four Wheels get exclusive access to Colin Mcrae Impreza

The show put the iconic rally car through its paces with professional driver and host Marino Franchitti admitting the car wanted to be taken by the

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The show put the iconic rally car through its paces with professional driver and host Marino Franchitti admitting the car wanted to be taken by the “scruff of its neck”. Marino selected the car for inclusion after the show in tribute to his rally champion friend Colin who was killed in a helicopter crash in 2007.

Alongside the success, other notable wins were secured at the famous Acropolis and Safari rallies with the car.

This particular model has been managed by manufacturer Prodrive and won the Catalunya rally in Spain.

The boys were given the opportunity to visit the car in the garage before Marino donned his helmet and took the car for a spin at the Anglesey test track.

Marino told Express.co.uk: “I had a lot more grip than I expected because they had these brand spanking new intermediate tyres on there.

He added: “You can’t help but be surprised by how short the gears are, how fast you go out the box, things like that, the acceleration.”

“I became very obsessed very quickly with the hydraulic handbrake because what it does is it disengages the rear wheels, disengages the drive to the rear wheels so you can skid it.

“Then if you keep the throttle on while you doing it, it just oversteers and the front wheels just keep pulling the car along. It’s brilliant.”

Speaking in the episode Prodrive Chief executive David Richards said the head of Subaru in the UK said “before you came on the scene we were a farmer’s pick up truck, now we are a cult hero for petrolheads, how did that happen”.

Marino added: “Is there a more famous combination in rallying in the world than Colin Mcrae and a blue Subaru with a gold 555.

“He was, whether people have won more or been more successful, he was the most iconic and most famous rally driver of all time, without a doubt.”



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