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Organisers of Europe's biggest Japanese car show commissioned research ahead of special Evo v Impreza feature, with 'Scooby' coming out tops.

17 Apr 2017 | International News : Japan

It has been over a decade since the Mitsubishi Evo and the Subaru Impreza went head-to-head on the World Rally stage, but the two of them did battle once again thanks to the organisers of Europe's biggest Japanese Car Show. But this time it wasn't gravel, mud or tarmac on which the iconic pair had a duel, nor, indeed, was it on the Playstation. Instead, it was an online vote to determine which one came out on top, and it was one of their closest battles ever.

The Mitsubishi Evo had 49.05 percent of the total votes
The people behind Japfest ran a social media poll to determine which was considered the ultimate Japanese rally hero, and the voting concluded with the Impreza pipping the Evo to the post with 50.95 percent of the total votes cast, compared to the Evo's 49.05 percent.

The poll was created to raise awareness of a special Evo v Impreza stand-off at the Japfest event, which will celebrate the old school rivalry between Subaru and Mitsubishi that can trace its roots back to the halcyon days of Group A rallying in the mid-1990s.

Japfest will be putting the iconic rivals to the test, inviting clubs to nominate five cars each to take part. They will be given a slot to set the fastest time on the Silverstone Handling Course, with the fastest combined score winning for their club and their model.

Japfest is returning to Silverstone - the iconic home of British Motorsport - in 2017, after drawing a record crowd to the new venue when it moved there last year. Almost 20,000 people turned up, an increase of 20 percent over the previous record achieved in 2015, and this year's event looks set to be even more exciting, with a host of new features alongside some of the more traditional attractions.

Visitors will also be given the chance to win a Honda S2000. The S2000 was produced between 1999 and 2009 and was renowned for its high-revving VTEC engine and traditional rear-drive handling.

2017 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Honda Type R range, along with an extremely rare FD2 Mugen RR. Exclusive to Japan, only 300 of these Mugen-spec'd cars were built, all in Milano Red. Only a handful of Mugen RR's have been imported into the U.K., so this is a very rare chance to see one in the metal.

Japfest takes place at Silverstone on April 30, 2017. A second Japfest event is also planned for later in the year, taking place at Donington Park on July 1 in conjunction with the Fast Car Festival.

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