Well, let me say, that's TOTAL BOLLOCKS.
In THEORY, and it is fucking basic, primary school, narrow minded, short sighted, theory, the longer the boost pipes, and the bigger the intercooler, the longer it takes the 'boost' to travel from the turbo to the engine, and the longer it takes the 'boost' to pressurise it all before it pressurised the engine.
In REALITY, airflow out the turbo travels at fucking HUNDREDS of miles per hour, and airflow in to the engine consists of HUNDREDS of litres per fucking second, so how in God's name do you really think adding even 10ft and 10litres (and that's massively unlikely) to the pre-throttle intake length/volume will make a car laggy is beyond me.
In reality, and I've tried it over the years with really bloody extreme examples, with poxy little turbos and ridiculously big intercoolers and pipe lengths, it never ever feels 'laggier' or 'less responsive' or 'slower boosting' or any other way people want to say it, and usually (Imprezas are a great example as they have insanely long intercooler pipe lengths and massive front mounts) they actually are noticeably MORE responsive and have MORE low down power than before, as low intake temps are far more effective for performance increases than any theoretical response improvements.
Almost all top mount setups, and most v-mount setups too, usually have pretty horrendous inlet temps compared to a decent front mount, and with no real response improvements, giving up lower inlet temps just to shorten boost piping is a terrible plan in reality, which brings me neatly on to this car...
Seriously, I've literally NO doubt if this car was created by some random lad in this day and age, not only would it get fucking slaughtered on whatever forum he made the mistake of posting it on, but it'd end up going viral on Facebook etc etc as the hordes of internet 'experts' ripped the absolute shit out of it for being a ridiculous stupid idea, despite none of them having any experience at all with anything even close to it.
I can picture the unfunny memes about it now...
I'm sure, even now, even after everything I've wrote, a lot of people are looking at the pics above and thinking "Fuck me, that must be horribly laggy and useless".
Well, no, no it's not, in fact the above car won the GT300 JGTC (Ie Japanese Touring/GT championship) in 1999, vs RX7s, S15 Silvias, Porsche 911s, Imprezas, and more.
I'm not 100% as I've not found enough detail to be sure, but the same setup in different livery might have won the 1998 championship too (MR2s with the same drivers did), and I think the 2002 GT300 winning MR-S (below) looks like it might've been a similar setup too, but can't find enough pics to be 100% sure...