Richard Burns RB5 and RB320 Memorial Club
Stand number: 8-265, L25
One of the new debutants to the show, two special cars will be on display which keep the memory alive of one of the best rally drivers the world has ever seen.
Subaru RB5 limited edition # 47
In 1999 Richard Burns returned to the Subaru World Rally team, in recognition of this, Subaru produced the limited edition of RB5s (RB signifying Richards initials and the number 5 denoting Richards competition number) this one is #47 of 444 produced. The RB5 was a fitting tribute to the achievements of this remarkable young Englishman.
Based on the very successful four door classic body style, each of the 444 produced was individually numbered and only came in Steel Blue livery.
At the heart of every car lives the traditional 2 litre boxer turbo engine, the RB5 had a lower centre of gravity over its siblings, which had the effect of improving its overall handling and engine response. It used a cylinder block cast from lightweight aluminium alloy, which was specifically reinforced for maximum performance and the legendary Subaru durability. To transfer all this power to the road, Subaru’s expertise in four wheel drive technology meant it could equip the RB5 with perfect power delivery.
The RB5 had a lower ride height than the 2000 Turbo variant, which gave it an exceptional ride and road presence over its competitors. Lightweight speed line alloys complemented the exterior with subtle RB5 logos. Inside the RB5 was almost identical to other variants, except they all had seats with blue Alcantara and black Jersey cloth surrounds, black front floor mats with distinctive RB5 logos and unique numbered Plaque.
The RB5 is an exquisite piece of engineering, draped in automotive pedigree and motorsport heritage, produced exclusively for the enjoyment of driving.
Subaru RB320 limited edition # 34
In 2005, the world of motorsport lost one of its brightest and most talented stars, Richard Burns died after a 2 year battle with brain cancer. Subaru with the assistance of Prodrive, produced the limited edition of RB320 (RB signifying Richards initials and 320 denoting the numbers produced) this one is # 34 of 320 produced. The RB320 was a fitting tribute to the achievements of this remarkable young Englishman.
Based on the very successful four door Hawkeye body style, each of the 320 produced had an individually numbered tax disc holder and only came in Obsidian Black livery. Inside the RB320 was equipped with RB320 logo seats, with black front floor mats with distinctive RB320 orange logos and unique numbered Tax Disc holder.
At the heart of every car lives the traditional 2.5 litre boxer turbo engine, but lowered by 25 mm the RB320 had a lower centre of gravity over its siblings, for improved weight distribution and handling. It used a cylinder block cast from lightweight aluminium alloy, which was specifically reinforced for maximum performance and the legendary Subaru durability. Prodrive also utilised all its WRC technology to assist Subaru in producing an Electronic throttle control. To transfer all this power to the road, Subaru employed the Suretrac front limited-slip differential (LSD. The suretrac system senses any left to right torque difference and prevents the inner most wheel from spinning in a tight corner without impeding steering response. The RB320 develops 320PS at 6000RPM (316BHP) which along with the STI 6-speed quick shift propels the car from 0-60MPH in 4.8 seconds and a 0-100 in 12.5 seconds. Lightweight dark anthracite alloys complement the exterior with subtle RB320 logos. It’s given a polished stainless steel mesh front grille kit, along with an STi lip spoiler increasing the down force on the front end, whilst giving a much lower and improved stance.
The RB320 is an exquisite piece of engineering, draped in automotive pedigree and motorsport heritage, from the way it looks to the way it treats the highways with such utter contempt.