- Rally ace Mark Higgins to tackle famous circuit in new WRX STI
- Current four-wheeled lap record established by Higgins in previous generation WRX STI
- Record challenge car will have minimal modifications
Subaru will this month mount a fresh assault on the four-wheeled lap record on the world-famous Isle of Man TT course, using the new 2015 WRX STI performance saloon that will be driven by British rally champion Mark Higgins.
The current record stands at 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, set in 2011 by Higgins at the wheel of the previous-generation Subaru WRX STI. Higgins achieved an average speed of 115.36mph around the famous TT Mountain circuit in a production-spec version of the iconic model.
As with 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, unmodified brake callipers and road-legal tyres. The springs and dampers have been adjusted slightly to minimise any potential damage when the car encounters the many bumps – and jumps – at high speed along the course. The WRX STI is also equipped with requisite safety features, including a roll-cage, race harness and fire suppression system.
Subaru will complete three timed runs under closed road conditions on Saturday 31 May, Monday 2 June and Wednesday 4 June.
In his previous record attempt on the course, Higgins created one of the most memorable race videos when he had a self-described ‘moment’ at the bottom of Bray Hill at 150mph –clips of the attempt have received almost 10 million views online since 2011 ( >www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFlSG9_Ue4A).
Higgins commented: “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.
The all-new Subaru WRX STI goes on sale in the UK this month. To find out more about the new model, and Subaru’s range of All-Wheel Drive models, visit www.subaru.co.uk.