British motorsport preparation specialist JRM has puts its new Gp N specification Subaru WRX STI rally car on display at the Autosport International show in Birmingham this week.

"We're extremely proud to have reached an official agreement to produce Gp N rally cars in association with Subaru Tecnica International," said James Rumsey, JRM's executive director.

"The WRX STI is a formidable performance car," he added. "We have found there is a real hunger in markets around the world for a latest-specification Gp N Subaru that is strong, reliable and cost effective."

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The company also announced that 2004 FIA Production Car World Rally Champion Niall McShea will be its Gp N test and development driver.

"I've got many happy memories of Gp N rallying with Subaru and I'm thrilled to be asked to join this exciting programme," said the 39-year-old. "I think the Gp N category has lots to offer at international and domestic levels and both JRM and STI have developed a fantastic package."

The new Subaru WRX STI is the first product of the company's official partnership with Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the motorsport division of the car manufacturer.

The rally car differs to other WRX STIs of the same generation as it is the first in Europe to be built in a sedan configuration, which JRM believes offers improved aerodynamics, traction and balance over the alternative hatchback version.

Although STI pulled out of the World Rally Championship in 2008, STI has continued to support Gp N activities across the world, and with the new partnership in place JRM will help continue that support by building Subaru vehicles that are modified for the Gp N rally category.

In addition, JRM will be providing an STI special parts sales service from the company's state-of-the-art headquarters located in Daventry in Northamptonshire, England.