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Subaru Australia non-committal on possible AP4 XV

Chris Atkinson drove this heavily modified Subaru XV in China on the weekend.

Subaru Australia haven’t ruled out the possibility of building an AP4 spec Subaru XV for next year’s Australian Rally Championship.

An upgraded XV built by Subaru Rally Team USA for Chris Atkinson to drive in China has gathered plenty of interest in recent days.

The idea has plenty of merit, with an AP4 XV likely to be lighter and more powerful than Molly Taylor’s current WRX, which leads the ARC with one round to go.

Subaru, however, won’t be drawn on what they’ll run next year.

“We’re focused on achieving all we can in 2017 and our result in South Australia has the team fully committed to our task in Coffs Harbour,” Subaru’s National Corporate Affairs Manager, David Rowley, said.

“As for next year, it’s too early to say what we might be considering, but obviously as the only factory team we’d need to be competitive to make it worthwhile.”

Molly Taylor is eyeing back-to-back ARC crowns in a Subaru WRX, despite driving a car that is heavier and more cumbersome than her rivals.

However, because of the recent success in the WRX, Subaru’s entry into the AP4 market seems more unlikely, than likely.

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media.

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