Ken Block's Impreza at Owen's!
We are pleased to confirm that US rally and Gymkhana legend's Ken Block's latest Subaru recently used Owen Development's technical facilities with great effect. Built specifically for the Baja 300 Powerday event, Ken Block's new VT Car's prepared Impreza uses a 2.5-litre Cosworth engine and Cosworth / Pectel ECPro engine management system.
Cosworth Electronics Development Engineer Ben Hoyle put Owen's Mark Harrison and our 1200bhp TAT four wheel drive rolling road / 56,000 CFM cooling fan to good use during an intensive initial mapping session, prior to a shakedown run at the Millbrook Proving Ground. After this, final calibration of the Cosworth / Pectel ECPro system took place on Owen's rolling road, during which over 500bhp at the wheels was recorded, equating to 600bhp at the flywheel.
Pleasingly, once shipped to Lausitz in Germany for the Baja 300 Powerday event, the car didn't miss a beat, despite "scooping up a large amount of sand into the intercooler and radiator intakes," according to Cosworth's Ben Hoyle.
"We are lucky enough to be involved with many high profile road and motorsport programs here at Owen Developments," says Director Mark Harrison, "but, despite a challenging schedule, my involvement with Ken Block's latest Subaru Impreza is certainly a highlight. It also shows the effectiveness of the new Cosworth / Pectel ECPro ecu, which is an extremely capable and robust engine management system."
Photo ? McKlien