Subaru Hopes to Set New Lap Record on Isle of Mann TT Course
Subaru are set this month to make a fresh attempt on the four-wheeled lap record on the world-famous Isle of Man TT course, British rally champion Mark Higgins will be taking the wheel in Subaru’s new 2015 WRX STI Performance saloon.
The standing record at the moment is 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, this was made by Higgins at the wheel of the previous-generation Subaru WRX STI. Higgins performed an average speed of 115.36mph around the famous TT Mountain circuit in a production-spec version of the iconic model.
In the same way as the previous record breaking run, the new WRX STI is a standard Subaru production car (US specification), equipped with a 300ps 2.5-litre horizontally-opposed turbocharged Boxer engine, with road legal tyres and unmodified brake callipers. However the course includes many bumps and jumps which will be taken at high speed, so Subaru have slightly adjusted the springs and dampers, to minimise any damage to the car. The car has also been equipped with requisite safety features, including a roll-cage, race harness and fire suppression system.
The Subaru will complete three timed runs under closed road conditions on Saturday the 31st May, Monday 2nd June and Wednesday the 4th June.
Ian Higgins last record attempt on the course, created one of the most memorable race videos when he has a self-described ‘moment’ at the bottoms of Bray Hill at 150mph. The clips of the attempt have recieved almost 10 million views since 2011 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFlSG9_Ue4A).
Higgins said: “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.”
Subaru of America, Inc. will return as a partner with the Isle of Man again this year, renewing its sponsorship of the event.
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