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Noriyuki Koseki has done many questionable things with Subaru cars. One of those must have been running Subaru’s official team in the Safari 1993, when Koseki choose the Vivio as the desired model. The Vivio is one of those cars taking advantage of Japanese tax laws for under 660cc cars. Even though it was supercharged and 4x4, the Vivio is so tiny that even Colin McRae – yes, he drove one – felt this must have been a nightmare dream on his career ladder. Propably the best idea that Koseki ever had in his career was to fit Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 road car rims to the groupA Vivio. One of the Vivio 3-car team actually made it to the finish. Nevertheless Colin McRae showed little surprise when his car fell to pieces rather early on in the rally: “You can hide the whole car in every single pot hole along the route!”
Some funny notes we have about this car: Subaru has been found claiming that at 3295mm length the Vivio holds the record for being the smallest car ever to be entered at a WRC event. They obviously forgot the legendary Mini, which is another 10 inches (25cm) shorter! Or maybe they meant the record for the most useless car?
However Subaru showed real imagination and creativity when it came to give a name to the car that replaced the Subaru Rex in Japan: It has an engine capacity of 660cc (658cc for the 660cc tax class). Take Roman numbers for this figure of 660 and you have VI-VI-O = Vivio!
Model & Evo. (Activity)
|Vivio Super KK (93-93)||85/6000||124/3200||3295.1395.1385||940 (11.1)||4x4 (2315)|
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This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.
|28th.||1999 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo||J. Barth||C. Perramont||#87||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
|12th.||1993 WRC Safari Rally||P. Njiru||R. Matthews||#7||[UNKNOWN]||13:05:00|
This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.
|Ret.||1999 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo||J. Vinatier||. UNKNOWN||#86||[UNKNOWN]||SS5 suspension|
|Ret.||1993 WRC Rally of Great Britain||R. Tuthill||. UNKNOWN||#174||[UNKNOWN]||SS9 engine|
|Ret.||1993 WRC Safari Rally||C. McRae||D. Ringer||#6||[UNKNOWN]||SS16 suspension|
|Ret.||1993 WRC Safari Rally||M. Ishida||M. Verjee||#8||[UNKNOWN]||SS45 engine|