TIGER, TIGER, BURNING BRIGHT IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT, WHAT IMMORTAL HAND OR EYE COULD FRAME THY FEARFUL SYMMETRY?
– FROM “THE TIGER,” BY WILLIAM BLAKE
The staff at Crawford Performance may not be immortal, but they’ve shaped a fearful beast. They refer to the orange-and-black 2008 WRX STI as their “Tiger” car. Its development is the result of years of experience modifying SUBARU BOXER engines and building such high-performance head-turners as Ken Block’s Gumball 3000 Rally and 530-horsepower gymkhana cars. Crawford also has fielded its own silver wide-body STI in time attack competition and is one of the significant forces in the sport.
The Crawford Performance “Tiger” car has been around for less than a year, yet it has already made its mark. With only six weeks to prepare, Crawford first fielded the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI at the Long Beach Grand Prix last April. In the Super Lap Battle, Eiji “Tarzan” Yamada drove to 2nd in the AWD Unlimited Class and Overall AWD and 4th in the Overall Unlimited Class and Overall.
Most recently, the STI Tiger appeared in the GT LIVE East Red Line Time Attack at VIRginia International Raceway. Competing in a field of unlimited all-wheel-drive cars, Yamada placed 2nd.