Crawford Performance Subaru Crosstrek Class 5 Open

One of the greatest strengths of off-road desert racing is the amount of classes we have, and the idea of “Unlimited”. Basically if you can build it, chances are you can fit in an existing class. In some cases a class will be made for you. The idea of “Unlimited” allows for the dreamers to implement their crazy ideas, thus continually coming up with innovations and evolutions that continue to push the technology of off-road racing forward.

When you have a class like Class 5 unlimited it allows for some creative interpretation of the rules. The Grabowski’s took advantage of the leeway in Class 5 and enlisted the help of engine wizard Quirt Crawford to build this new stunning 2.5L Subaru boxer engine powered Subaru Crosstrek Class 5. If you are not familiar with Quirt Crawford he was the builder of Ken Block’s first two Gymkhana cars, the man is a master on squeezing maximum power out of the boxer engine while still keeping it reliable.

We are big fans of VW-powered classes but the use of the 2.5L Subaru boxer engine is clearly an evolution that could stimulate some growth in Class 5 without totally cannibalizing the roots of the class. This build has created some controversy..

OwnerThe Grabowski family
BuilderQuirt Crawford
Date Completed2017
ChassisDesert Dynamics
Weight3800 Lbs Race Ready
Wheel Base105” / 2667 mm
Track Width

Performance

EngineSubaru, fb2.5, 90mm x 94mm
CoolingCBR
ExhaustCrawford Custom
PlumbingCrawford Custom
TransmissionAlbins
Driveline935 Pro Am Axels & CV’s
Hubs
BrakesPro Am; Four Piston Front / Six Piston Rear
Fuel CellHarmon 34 Gallon

Exterior

 TiresRear: BFG 37” (939.8) x 12.5” (317.5) x 17” (431.8) / Front: 35” (88.9) x 12.5 (317.5) x 15” (381)
WheelsPro Am Forged
Paint/ GraphicsHyper Blue by Sign Pro
BodySubaru Crosstrek; Victory Race Cars
Front SuspensionTrailing Arm; 14” (355.6) Travel, King Shocks, Bypass 2.5 (13.5) Front
Rear SuspensionTrailing Arm; 18” (457.2) Travel, King Shocks, Bypass 3.5 (88.9) Rear
SteeringHowe 2 1/2” (63.5) Ram
WiringJax Motorsports / James Lyn
LightsGG

Interior

Navigation Lowrance GPS
CommunicationKenwood 50w Radio, PCI Intercom
SeatsMastercraft
SafetyCrowe Belts
Matt Martelli

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