Friday, July 4, 2014

Mark Higgins Sets New Four-Wheel Lap Record for Isle of Man TT Course Twice in One Week

The All-New 2015 Subaru WRX STI sets new lap
record at the Isle of Man TT Circuit.
(PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)
While the Isle of Man TT Road Course is best-known for its motorcycle races, people like to take on the 37-miles on four wheels as well. According to rally driver Mark Higgins, "There is nothing like the TT course in all of racing, it's just an amazing circuit. Not just because of its length, but the elevation changes, constant surface variations as you shift from town to country roads and the fact that we run roughly 30 mph and then up to 160 plus for much of the race."

On June 4, Higgins set a new record with a time of 19 minutes and 26 seconds, for an average lap speed of 116.470 mph. He was driving a US-spec 2015 Subaru WRX STI. The car was stock, with the exception of a few modifications for safety (roll cage, racing seat and harness…) and the removal of the speed limiter.

Not happy with the previous result, on June 6, he tackled the course again, this time finishing in 19 minutes and 15 seconds, for an average lap speed of 117.510. Yikes.

Subaru WRX STI re-breaks Isle of Man lap record
(PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)
 "This was a great run when everything came together and I was able to do a much cleaner lap as I am still learning where I can go flat in this car," said Mark Higgins. "I am really happy to beat the lap records set by John McGuiness in the Zero Bikes and the sidecar lap record as John was riding me about that! I can't say enough about the new WRX STI and how much abuse it has taken as we have really ridden it hard over this course for three very fast runs and this is definitely not an easy course. The chassis on this new car is just night and day."

There is an online video of the entire lap but I’m not going to post it as it runs over 20 minutes. At the moment, it’s available here if you want to watch it.

[SOURCE: Subaru of America, Inc. via,]

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