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Travis Pastrana Is Racing This Outrageous 862-HP Subaru GL at Goodwood

Hoonigan Subaru GL
How rad is this?

What's happening

Hoonigan and Subaru Motorsports USA, with the help of Vermont SportsCar, built an 862-horsepower rally car based on a 1983 Subaru GL wagon.

Why it matters

Called The Family Huckster, this GL will race at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and will be featured in Hoonigan's Gymkhana video series.

What's next

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from June 23 to 26, at Goodwood House in West Sussex, England.

My favorite thing about the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the sheer breadth of cars that go runnin' up that hill. Old cars, new cars, road cars, race cars -- you name it, Goodwood's got it. And then there's the occasional entrant that no one ever expects.

This year, that "WTF?" car is a 1983 Subaru GL wagon created by Hoonigan and Subaru Motorsports USA. Making its debut Thursday, this rally-spec blast from the past packs a turbocharged flat-four engine, all-wheel drive, a World Rally Championship-spec suspension and carbon-fiber bodywork. Did I mention it also makes 862 horsepower?

Called The Family Huckster, this rad GL was built by Vermont SportsCar, Subaru's US motorsport partner. It has a huge active rear wing, along with aero flaps on the front fender flares that can be controlled automatically or manually. The lightweight KMC wheels are painted gold because that's the correct choice, and their monoblock design is extremely good. Stem to stern, this GL is hella cool.

I love the '80s-tastic digital gauge cluster.


Inside, the replica dashboard is made of carbon fiber, dyed blue to match the original GL. There's also a 12-inch digital gauge cluster with an intentionally '80s look, and Subaru even went so far as to install a radio from an actual 1983 GL wagon. It's that attention to detail that really seals the deal.

The Huckster will be driven by well-known racer and stunt driver Travis Pastrana, who will also show off the car in the next installment of Hoonigan's Gymkhana video series. Pastrana calls this 862-hp GL his "all-time favorite vehicle to drive," saying it "flies about as well as you would imagine ... kind of like a brick."

The 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from June 23 to 26.