Steve’s STi: Doing It Right!


Power windows. Power Locks. Cup holder. Fire suppression system. Winged Corbeau FIA seats. Sparco 6 point harnesses. FIA homologated cage. Custom short shifter. The carpet may be out but the floor mats are still there! This car is perfect.

This car still has power windows and door locks. There is one cup holder still available. The dash is in place and the HVAC system, minus AC, still works. Carpets are gone as is the stereo. Can-Jam modified the stock shifter for close reach and a short throw. It has a Sparco Suede steering wheel with a quick release mechanism. Gauges include DEFI BF vacuum/boost, oil temperature, oil pressure, coolant temperature, and exhaust temperature. Steve also has an AEM A/F gauge and the Aquamist status gauge. Future upgrades will include a Motec C127 Dash Display.


Everything fits so beautifully on this build. The splitter has proven itself during events and also demonstrated durability as it has also had a couple of opportunities to do some trackside lawn trimming! In the background you can see Corey Whiteman's OTA Championship BMW 328i, Steve Bortolotti's class champion Mazda RX8, and Victor Schmidt's old school Chevrolet Camaro.

At this point I know you are wondering. Why custom driveshafts? Why custom shock bodies? Why indeed! The answer is four inches. There were four inches surgically removed from the fenders.  This car could almost drive underneath a stock STi. Okay, that is a huge exaggeration but, when you are standing between it and a stock STi you really are shocked at the difference. Even if the STi compared has been lowered, there is still no comparison to this radical STi. The front and rear wheel wells are tubbed. It has custom flares to allow easy fitment of the 295 30 18 Yokohama A048s. It has … almost everything!


All four corners tubbed. Four inches taken out of the car. You've already seen in the pictures throughout that this car is low, but now you can appreciate how the car has been built for this drop. The potential for track straight and cornering speed is incredible. One person looked at the oil cooler and commented, 'You'd get more power if you got a bigger intercooler and mounted it up front!'

Steve has high praise for the crew at Can-Jam. They did all of the custom fabrication – from wastegate plumbing to tubbing to changing the suspension mounting points – to tuning to bodywork . The guys at Can-Jam worked as a team with Stephen in fulfilling his vision! Can-Jam will do your routine maintenance on your street car, assist you in mild modifications, or build a full race car. Whoever you are, you become part of that Can-Jam family. Which is what all of us want when we have someone, or some shop, working on your car. After all, that car is part of your family, right?


Steve (right, looking into the car) and Trevor (left, standing) have known each other since grade school. They are both volunteer fanatics and incredibly nice people. I always enjoy having the opportunity to chat with either or both of them. Autocross, Rally, or Time Attack – you'll likely see them both there!

The STi was not out much in either 2012 or 2013 while these upgrades were taking place. It was a massive undertaking and, while it could have been completed in a shorter time span, as Steve mulled the question, ‘Do we take the time to get it right, or do we just get it running?’ he had some big decisions to make. It was out briefly in 2013 but Steve was working in San Francisco at the time. He allowed his friend, Scott Murfin, to drive the car in the CSCS final event at Toronto Motorsport Park. Scott and the Subaru got a victory in the SuperStreet AWD class and set a class record of 1:16.150 that still stands.


Here Scott Murfin is preparing to take the uncaged STi out to set a CSCS SuperStreet AWD class record at Toronto Motorsports Park of 1:16:150 in September 2013. The new seats and the cage were added before the spring of 2014.

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