What has four wheels, a turbo boxer four cylinder motor, all wheel drive and a metallic blue paint job? If you answered “Subaru Impreza STi” you would be right, but “a custom STi powered ATV built by a nutty New Zealander who clearly has a death wish” would also be acceptable.
Actually Ken Brough isn’t unlike many in the world of cars; he likes to go fast, likes to tinker with things and is a big kid at heart. It was these qualities that lead him on the path to build a road going ATV that could put the fear of God into most Subaru drivers. When he started the project Brough enlisted the help of auto dismantler/friend who sourced parts and gave tech support when needed, but the rest was up to him. The super quad was running in roughly 10 months which is remarkable considering that the there was no real design or plan for the vehicle, but the finished product is pretty amazing.
The frame for the ATV is made of roll cage tubing that doubles as a hard water line to carry coolant to the rear mounted radiator. The gearbox uses the standard H style shift pattern thanks to a clever design using a toe stirrup and a telescoping 90 degree shaft coming out of the back of transmission. The motor of course is the turbocharged STi unit in basically stock form except for a custom exhaust built to fit the quad. All this adds up to a vehicle that weighs 530kg and produces 170kw of power. For us Yanks (what’s a kilowatt?) that’s roughly 230 horsepower pushing around a little over 1100 pounds. Not a bad power to weight ratio if ask me.
Unfortunately Brough failed in his quest to get the STi-ATV registered for the street in New Zealand, something about the wheel track being too narrow for the power and it having the potential for such high speeds blah blah blah not suitable for the road blah blah. But like a good lad he went and drove it on the road anyway and put a good video of it up on his site here.
Well it looks like Ken Brough is hunting for a new home where his creation will be road legal. But until then I’m sure he will continue to make due in New Zealand. Maybe he should start a business building these things for export. Any takers?