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2012 Subaru WRX STI - Zero Compromise

If you're looking to build the ultimate project car, take notes

Jonathan Wong
Jan 2, 2019
Photographer: Larry Chen

It has never been easy to build a project car. Even if your goal is to add simple bolt-ons, lower it, and throw on a set of wheels and tires, you still need to put some thought into how it's going to look and how well it may perform. Everyone's looking to do something unique. However, that uniqueness may be in their eyes—and sometimes you need a little help to take a build to the next level. Let's face it: Building a project isn't easy, nor is it cheap. Sponsorships can help alleviate some of the financial burden, but it also means you are obligated to fulfill your requirements to support them by representing their brand. Free suddenly isn't as "free." Ultimately, to be in full control of your build means you become the full-time boss. You get the final say in what gets done and how it's executed.

  |   2012 Subaru WRX STI Varis Wide Body Kit

Quincy Yuen from British Columbia, Canada, is one such enthusiast who wanted complete control of his Subaru STI project. Make it unique—no corners cut. "One of the main points in my build was to do it without any sponsors," he says. "Many builds these days are sponsored; they don't have to pay for parts, and they settle for second best. I wanted mine to be top notch, built without compromise, and for me to say that I did it without any sponsors."

Purchased new in 2012, Quincy's STI has gone through several different phases. It's hard to believe, but at one point, he was happy with keeping it fairly stock with wheels, coilovers, and an exhaust. Within two years, during the second phase, he added a wide-body conversion and lots of bolt-ons, which produced 382 whp on the stock block. His next move was to build the engine and convert the vehicle to a full track car. After he saved up money and collected parts, the project became a roller coaster of emotions for Quincy.

  |   2012 Subaru WRX STI Corsa Veloce Intake Manifold

To see how far Quincy's STI has come, one need look no further than his epic spec sheet. It reads like a greatest hits compilation of some of the world's best parts that happen to be seamlessly integrated with top-notch fabrication work by The Speed Syndicate. What can be classified as a purpose-built track car also doubles as a complete show car. "It may not have A/C or heat or a factory dash, stereo, airbags, or seatbelts, but it's going to turn heads one way or another," Quincy says. The Speed Syndicate helped modify the rear quarter panels and installed the Varis kit while it was still white. Quincy continued to add more parts and took his track racing more seriously, then he decided to go all-out with a built motor from IAG Performance.

"A big overhaul never goes as planned," he adds. "You have to work through the delays and tackle uncontrollable situations as they happen." The STI went from Canada to Tacoma, Washington, for tuning but ran into issues. Even without being able to sort those out, the car then left for California, where it would be painted at DTM Autobody. Though he intended to keep it the original Subaru Satin White Pearl, he saw a new NSX pass by and he fell in love, so he changed it to Acura Valencia Candy Red. But after the bodywork was done, the car remained in California for another year, untouched because of the engine problems. Dreams of hitting big car shows and track events never materialized and wouldn't until he had the car shipped home to have it back up and running again.

  |   2012 Subaru WRX STI Recaro XL SPG Seatsr

With as many different build phases as Quincy's STI has gone through, the final outcome is one that's made the long journey worthwhile, and then some. "Patience is definitely key, and it's tested mine many times," Quincy says. "But it's come a long way, and I couldn't be happier."

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By Jonathan Wong
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2012 Subaru WRX STI - Zero Compromise
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Owner: Quincy Yuen
Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
Occupation: Red Seal Union Ironworker
Instagram: @panda_q91
Engine: IAG Stage 4 Tuff short-block (custom-forged pistons by Manley Performance, tri-beam connecting rods with ARP 2000 rod bolts, heat-treated '12 STI crankshaft, ACL race bearings, ARP case/main bolts), Stage 5 heads; port and polish, head studs, IAG fuel rails, billet aluminum TGV deletes, radiator stays, oil cap, brake reservoir cap, clutch reservoir cap, windshield washer cap, coolant overflow cap, power steering cap, dipstick, air pump block-off plate, race AOS, timing belt guide; The Speed Syndicate engine harness, 4-inch titanium intake piping with AFE intake filter, stainless fuel lines, A/N radiator hoses; Group N engine mounts; Beatrush forged pitch stop; Phenolic 8mm spacers; air pump delete; Gates timing belt; ATI harmonic damper crank pulley; FHI timing belt tensioner; NSK timing belt idler gear; NTN timing belt idler; Powerhouse Amuse Extra Titan exhaust; Corsa Veloce billet aluminum intake manifold; ETS intercooler core with The Speed Syndicate titanium intercooler piping/Wiggins clamps; Full Race BorgWarner EFR 8374 1.05 A/R rotated twin-scroll turbo, twin-scroll exhaust manifold, T4 up-pipe, and T4 downpipe; Swain Tech "White Lightning" ceramic coating; DEI titanium turbo blanket; TiAL MVS 38mm wastegates; JE Proseal head gaskets; Kelford camshafts; Manley Race Flo intake valves/Extreme Duty exhaust valves, valvesprings and retainers; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; Bosch fuel pumps; Injector Dynamics 1,700cc top feed injectors; XRP fuel lines; Aftermarket Industries billet fuel pump bracket, 5L surge tank kit; Earl's fuel filter; ACL Orbit oil pump; Killer B oil baffle windage tray, oil pan, oil pickup with spacer kit; Koyo oil cooler, radiator; carbon-fiber fuse box cover; West Coast Fastener titanium hardware; painted engine bay by Fusion Auto Workz
Drivetrain: OS Giken triple-disc clutch; Goodridge stainless clutch line; Group N transmission mount
Engine Management: Emtron Plugin standalone ECU
Footwork & Chassis: Stitch-welded shock towers by The Speed Syndicate; Carbing Okuyama titanium strut bar; Whiteline 24mm front and 22mm rear adjustable sway bars, rear sway bar mounts, end links, rear camber bushings; The Speed Syndicate six-point rollcage
Brakes: Brembo GT six-piston calipers and stainless brake lines; RE10 brake pads
Wheels & Tires: 19x11 Volk Racing TE37 Top Secret Gold Frozen Carbon wheels; 305/30R19 Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08R tires; Project R40 lug nuts
Exterior: Varis VSDC cooling bonnet with carbon-fiber bonnet damper kit, wide body (wet carbon canards, front bumper, special dry carbon front diffuser, rear fender protector kit, front fenders, side skirts, wet carbon under board, rear fenders), carbon-fiber pillars and flow guards; L'aunsport carbon-fiber '09 WRC rear hatch wing, carbon-fiber rear window vent; Liberal carbon-fiber rear diffuser with foglight; West Coast Fastener widebody titanium hardware; Craftsquare side mirrors; CarShopGlow one-off LED JDM headlight conversion with demon eyes; Valenti LED taillights; custom Acura NSX Valencia Red Candy paint by DTM Autobody
Interior: Gutted interior; The Speed Syndicate chassis harness; Recaro XL SPG seats with ASM side protectors; Bride seat rails with Sparco side mounts; Sabelt six-point harnesses with Recaro harness pads; AiM Sports MXL2 dash with data logger; Vertex 330mm steering wheel; Works Bell Rapfix Top Secret Edition quick release; titanium steering wheel; Tommy Kaira shift knob; The Speed Syndicate custom Alcantara-wrapped aluminum dash, aluminum floorboards and titanium battery tray; Syms Japan carbon-fiber door cards
Thanks: My family for supporting my decisions (since many of them are questionable); Curt from The Speed Syndicate for taking my crazy ideas and turning them into reality; Rick and JJ from IAG for their continued support in supplying my car with the best parts; Baldy from DTM for taking care of my car while it was in California; all my friends that I've been able to connect with from all over the world. Building a car is one thing, but the experiences you take away from it are what make it special.

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