XWingFTR STi Project

Thursday 21 November, 2013 | By Ken

Our good friend Mike Love, a devoted fan and supporter of SNTRL for quite sometime, is one of the most die-hard enthusiast that builds for the Love and for a purpose. Back when his 2011 STI was bone stock, Mike talked about doing big things with his car. As most of you may know, those are usually hollow words that can be heard on a daily basis by friends, acquaintances, on social media, forums, etc. You name it, you’ve heard it in some way, shape or form. Everyone seems to be “coming hard next year”. For Mike Love though, he backed up his words with the goals that he set forth.

While the majority of car enthusiast build for their own satisfaction, or the satisfaction of others, Mike built his car for not just himself, but with a specific purpose. His goal: Breast Cancer Awareness and to take things a step further and reach his goal of raising $10,000, with 100% of the proceeds going towards “ScoobiesforBoobies.org” which supports “The Keep A Breast Foundation”. Wrapped in Pink-Digital-Camo, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, and sitting static on those 18-inch Work Meister S1’s, the XWingFTR STi Project as Mike as officially called it, has traveled up and down the East Coast to various events and meets, breaking necks and spreading awareness. You may also recognize this particular STi from our SUBIE GANG Feature.

On November 17, 2013, the XWingFTR STi Project surpassed the $10,000 mark with a total of $10,470 in donations. Success through vision, proper-execution and hard-work. He set his goal, spread the word (including a CNN video on Breast Cancer Awareness which featured the XWingFTR STi Project), and made fans and friends in the process. Now, with the goal attained, Mike has some big plans for the 2014 make-over. Although he won’t divulge details of the next phase of his STi, he will say that he plans to put the same effort into the new vision and execution. In the meantime, enjoy these photos of Mike’s STi as we did our official test-run of “The PreGame” route a few days before the actual PreGame went down.

Photography: P R A V A N Photography  |  Kenny Bascon Photography

2011 Subaru STI XWINGFTR Current Mods List:

IAG Performance Build  |  Tuning By Jorge Carrillo

Manley H-Beam Rods  |  Manley Pistons Platinum Series  |  ACL racing bearings  |  ARP 2000 Head Studs  |  Pro-Sport UEL Header  |  IAG Up-pipe SS external wastegate kit  |  Tial 38mm Wastegate-atmos.  |  Invidia Cat-less Downpipe  |  CNT Racing TI Quad Tip Cat-back exhaust  |  Kartboy Exhaust Hangers  |  IAG Radiator Stays  |  IAG Catch can  |  IAG TGV Deletes  |  IAG Block-off Plates  |  Air Pump deleted  |  Killer B oil-pickup and Baffle Windage tray  |  Aeromotive Fuel pump 340lph  |  Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors  |  NGK Cold one-step plugs  |  E85 set-up  |  HKS Turbo timer  |  GrimmSpeed 3 port boost solenoid  |  Cobb V2 AP  |  Exterior Engine Bay


Full Custom Vinyl Wrap Cherry Blossom, and Grey Scale Digi Camo  |  Seibon CF Hood  |  Seibon CF Trunk Lid  |  Seibon CF Fender  |  Carbon by Design: Time Attack Wing  |  NRG 10mm (red) Fender Washer Kit  |  Perrin CAI (Pink)  |  Killer B Motorsports Radiator Shroud (Pink)  |  Killer B Motorsports Alt. Shroud (Pink)

Suspension Mods

BC/BR Coilovers  |  Whiteline 22mm Sway Bars Front and Rear  |  GTSpec Trailing arms  |  GTSpec Adjustable Rear Control Arms  |  GTSpec Sway Bar Bracing  |  GTSpec Bump/Steer  |  GTSpec Toe Arms  |  Eibach Front Camber Bolts  |  Cusco Front and Rear Strut Bracing Powder (Pink)


GTSpec CF D-Shape Steering Wheel  |  Sparco 4pt Harness  |  Sparco Harness Bar Pink  |  SPT Short Shifter  |  Cobb Shift Knob  |  Lathewerks 9” 2 bend extended shifter  |  JPM Coachworks  |  Shift Boot  |  Brake Boot  |  Arm Rest  |  Cluster  |  Visors  |  Gabriel Sports Car Hydro Dipping  |  CF Hydro Dip All Interior Smooth Panels  |  Dash panels w/ AC Controls  |  Door handle inset Front and Rear  |  Arm rest on door Front and Rear  |  Front Wiper cowling color matched  |  AV System  |  Pioneer BT920xt

Wheels and Tires

Work Meisters S1 18×10 -+18  |  Custom Painted Ferrari Crinkle Red barrels, Face: Onyx Ghost Chrome  |  Nitto Invo 235/40/18

Yea, mike doesn’t shy away from “spirited” driving when the opportunity presents itself, but talking on the phone while driving? Nope. He’s actually parked in this photo.

Static in the NYC. Mike and the XWingFTR STi in the urban jungle and beyond.

About the author

Co-founder, Managing Director, Photographer, and editor for SNTRL. To many in the Tri-State, Kenny aka "MAD JDM" needs no introduction. Always out there, always ready, always down.

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