Standard Subaru WRX STi Smashes Isle of Man Record
The Isle of Man TT circuit long standing road car lap record has been broken by a production spec Subaru WRX STi saloon.
Former British Rally Champion Mark Higgins posted a blistering lap around the 37.8 mile course in 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds which was an average speed of 113mph and a highest speed of 162mph. Higgins time was more than two minutes faster than the faster previous record set by the late Tony Pond 21 years previously at the wheel of a Rover 827 Vitesse. He was the first to break the average 100mph barrier in a road car, and the lap record has stood ever since.
The WRX STi used for the record breaking run was a standard Subaru production car, equipped with a 300PS Horizontally- Opposed Boxer engine, unmodified brake callipers and with road-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres. The springs and dampers were adjusted to minimise any potential damage when the car encountered various bumps and jumps at high speed along the course.
The TT organisers gave Higgins just one lap to conduct his record attempt and there was no opportunity to carry out and practice runs. Higgins Comments “Setting the record was both the most exhilarating and the most frightening thing I have ever done, The rules allow for a flying start, so I crossed the line at 125mph. I then went down through the Bray Hill junction – normally taken at around 20mph – at over 150mph. Once that tricky section was out of the way I settled into the lap and quickly got used to the balance and sheer pace of the car”.
The WRX STi is currently available from all Subaru dealers with free satellite navigation and a free power upgrade of 320PS.