A 2015 Subaru WRX STi notched a record on the famed Isle of Man TT Road Course and driver Mark Higgins must have experienced some déjà vu. His record-setting 116.470 mph per lap beat out his own best of 115.36 set three years ago while behind the wheel of a 2010 WRX STi.
Higgins had a time of 19.26 on the 37-mile course while driving the new, U.S-spec Subaru that was essentially stock with the exception of an FIA-spec roll cage, racing seat and harness, fire suppression system and upgraded springs and dampers. The speed limiter was removed on the car, which featured Dunlop Derezza tires and a high decibel exhaust.
Higgins’ previous run on the Isle of Man resulted in a viral YouTube video – in which he had a self-described “moment” at the bottom of Bray Hill at 150 mph – that racked up more than 4 million views.
The race is part of a promotional campaign for the 2015 Subaru WRX STi, the official car of the TT circuit. Subaru is a sponsor of the Isle of Man TT Course and said in a statement that it looks forward to continuing its legacy there while showcasing the new cars’ performance.
“The Isle of Man really shows the improvements we have made to the new WRX STI in terms of chassis and steering,” said Dominick Infante, National Manager of Product Communications, Subaru of America, Inc. “We are evaluating whether to make another run on Friday and top this record.”
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