In 2011 British rally ace Mark Higgins piloted a previous-generation Subaru WRX STI on the Isle of Man circuit to 19 minute and 56,7 second lap record. His average speed on the highly taxing course was an impressive 184,6 km/h. Equally impressive was the in famous moment (see the video above) when he almost lost the car at 240 km/h.
Nevertheless, during this year's motorcycle event the course will again be closed for him to attempt a record in the new WRX STI. This USA-spec model, featuring adjusted springs and dampers, but road legal tyres and standard brakes, will have three timed runs on Saturday 31 May, Monday 2 June and Wednesday 4 June. The car will also be equipped with the necessary safety equipment which will include a roll cage, race harness and a fire suppression system.
Higgins had the following to say: “Setting the record was totally exhilarating and one of the highlights of my career – Bray Hill certainly added to the thrill! As a Manxman, I love the TT Races and I have a huge amount of respect for the TT riders and what they do. It will be a real honour to attempt a new fastest car lap.”
Even though Subaru has the record for this circuit, it is difficult to gauge its performance against other cars, as no other performance car will have an opportunity to set an official time.
Watch our track test of the previous generation WRX STI below.
Cars (both new and classic) and motorcycles excite Wilhelm no end. He's usually found searching for a special car to drive or drooling over exotics in the classifieds and on auction websites. He's also currently restoring a motorcycle, with (thankfully) plenty of help from fellow enthusiasts!