• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4 door Group R4 specification is a Group R4 specification rally car based on the WRX STI 4 door.

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI 4 DOOR GROUP R4

 

The above picture is Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4door Group R4 specification of die cast miniature car toy “Tomica No.7”, which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD of Japan on May 17 2014.

Since it is a rally specification, the appearance is very powerful.

Though R4 specification car of Arai Motor Sports was participating in the Rally Championship, this miniature car toy seems to be reproducing the R4 specification car exhibited at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2012.

 

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI 4 DOOR GROUP R4 FRONT VIEW

On the front bonnet, Subaru’s 6-star mark and SUBARU’s white sticker letters are reproduced by printing.

6 stars are clearly printed in the Subaru mark whose edge is painted in silver.

On the other hand, Subaru’s 6 star emblem is installed in the air intake area under the bonnet of the actual WRX STI 4 door Group R4 specification.

This miniature car toy reproduces the emblem by the shape of die casting, but it is not printed or painted.

Therefore, unless looking carefully, you will not notice that the emblem part is reproduced.

 

The air bulge in the center of the bonnet is reproduced by the shape of die casting.

As it is a large and powerful bulge, it is also very conspicuous at this miniature car toy.

In addition, fog lamps and air intakes in the bumper are also reproduced by the shape of die casting.

The headlight is expressed by silver painting

This is a common technique in the model of Tomica.

 

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI 4 DOOR GROUP R4 SIDE VIEW

This die cast miniature car toy also accurately reproduces the coloring of white and silver rising from under the side door.

Furthermore Subaru’s 6-star mark and SUBARU’s white sticker letters at the side door are reproduced by printing.

Those are very close to the atmosphere of the actual car.

 

Actual Impreza WRX STI 4 door Group R4 specification adopted the window made of polycarbonate.

This miniature car toy reproduces the polycarbonate window by a colored resin so that the interior can only be seen in bright places.

This makes the side view even more powerful.

 

The tire is a common type well used in Tomica series, but the edge of the wheel is painted in gold color (usually silver color).

The Impreza WRX STI 4 door Group R4 specification that had been exhibited at the Tokyo Auto Salon was equipped with a gold wheel.

This miniature car’s wheel may suppose the actual car’s gold wheel.

 

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI 4 DOOR GROUP R4 REAR VIEW

This die cast miniature car accurately reproduces the shape of the large rear wing.

The rear part is also correctly color-coded blue and silver.

In addition, Subaru’s 6-star mark and SUBARU white sticker letter are reproduced by printing at the black rear bumper part.

 

The rear combination lamp is expressed in red paint, but the turn signal lamp etc. are not reproduced.

Also, Subaru emblem and STi emblem of the trunk part are not reproduced.

The finish of whole coloring and the large printing are excellent, so it’s a pity about the finish of the fine parts.

 

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI 4 DOOR GROUP R4 AND 22B STi

The blue car on the right is Subaru Impreza 22B-STi version that was released in 1998 limited to 400 units.

As this is Tomica Premium, the finish of details is more precise.

However, the printing of miniature car of Impreza WRX STI 4 door Group R4 specification is also wonderful and I think that it is one of the highly finish models of Tomica.

 

Pseudo suspension which is familiar to sports cars of Tomica, is also set up to this model.

The scale of this die cast miniature car toy is 1/67, and the actual size is about 68mm.

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI 4 DOOR GROUP R4 SCALE

 

 

 

【About actual SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI 4 DOOR GROUP R4 SPECIFICATION】

 

Impreza WRX STI 4 Door Group R4 specification is a rally car made under the Group R4 regulations of FIA (International Automobile Federation).

 

What became the base model is the 3rd generation Subaru Impreza.

When released in 2007, the 3rd generation Impreza was the 5-door hatchback body with a short overhang, but the 4-door sedan was added in 2008.

The sports type Impreza WRX STI equipped with the horizontally opposed 4-cylinder twin scroll turbo engine that generates 308 PS was also only the 5 door hatchback at first, but the 4-door sedan was added in 2010.

Based on this 4-door model, the Impreza WRX STI 4 door Group R4 specification was developed with strengthening of suspension and body rigidity.

Group R4 is set that the fighting power of FIA Group N vehicles whose remodeling range is severely restricted is raised and generates close to that of Super 2000 (S2000).

Although the appearance does not change fundamentally, the cooling performance is improved by installing the official recognition kit and also weight reduction of the vehicle and change of the suspension are carried out.

 

Impreza WRX STI 4 Door Group R4 specification extended the stroke of the suspension and reduced weight by making the side windows polycarbonate, cutting the inner panels of doors and bonnet, and simplifying the dashboard etc.

 

Arai Toshihiro of Arai Motor Sports who entered in IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) of 2012 participated in the Rally Hokkaido of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship round 5 at Impreza WRX STI 4 door Group R4 and won the race.