Subaru WRX STI at the Isle of Man – Click above to watch the videos after the break

Subaru, a major sponsor of the Isle of Man TT for 2011, had no trouble whatsoever in setting a new four-wheeled lap record around the famed 37-mile mountain course on the remote British Isle. Driver Mark Higgins managed to circle the track in a WRX STI sedan in just 19:56.7 with an average speed of 113 miles per hour. Nicely done.

Turns out that record was set during a so-called practice lap, and it wasn't the only time Higgins had a go at the course in his Subaru. Not all of his runs were as uneventful as that practice lap. As you'll see in the two videos pasted after the break, Higgins' heroic driving skills were truly put to the test less than a minute into one of his runs.

Higgins barely manages to keep the lightly modified STI (for safety purposes, the car had a roll cage, race harnesses and a fire extinguisher that were thankfully not put to use) under control, calling his near-miss the "moment of his life." His passenger, Chris Cantle, stays remarkably stoic in the face of a 150-mile-per-hour fiery near-death crash. See for yourself in the video after the break.





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      Indefinite Implosion
      • 3 Years Ago
      You don't need to look scared with a moustache like that.
      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      The co-driver had no idea how out of control Higgins was. Co-driver thinking to self, "Wow, these drivers are reeaallly good." Driver thinking to self, "Wow, how the **** did I pull that off?"
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nikescar
        Passenger's past "rally" education was probably gymkhana.. so clearly the driver was TRYING to do that in order to get the fastest time with the most style points
      AgFrost
      • 3 Years Ago
      Vroom vroom vroom vroom Vroom vroom vroom vroom Vroom vroom vroom vroom Vroom vroom vroom vroom Vroom vroom vroom vroom I want to race 'em like they do in the Irish Sea Slidin' lot's of oppo baby stay with me, I love it Luck and intuition had the record from the start Cantle in the seat acts like it's Mario Kart Oh, oh, oh Opposite lock, show him what I've got Oh, oh, oh Opposite lock, show him what I've got Can't read my, can't read my No he can't read my poker face (We gonna lose to nobody) Can't read my, can't read my No he can't read my poker face (We gonna lose to nobody) P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face (Vroom vroom vroom vroom) P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face (Vroom vroom vroom vroom)
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can someone please check the pulse on the co-driver?
      foci
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also I love the fact the co-driver does not flinch.
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      either the passanger has balls of steel or he had no idea what was going on! LOL!
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love this and other real rally cars the public can still buy. Loving my Evolution IX! Stop funding race teams who privatize their rally cars and only sell FWD to the public. Props to Suburu and Mitsubishi for still selling real rally cars.
      POV
      • 3 Years Ago
      "You ok after that?" "Yeah we're good." LOL
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've had to hold onto a car in a very very similar situation only at much lower speeds, and I can say with semi authority that what he pulled off there only falls into one category: Baaaaaaad Asssssssss!
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, that was scary and I run Group Two at Summit Point. At that exact moment I don't even know what I would have done other than try my best not to die. I've never lost control at those speeds, and I hope that I don't. If he would have crashed, it would have been a 100% chance that both driver and co-pilot would have lost their lives after contacting one of those entrances to a driveway that was bordered with a concrete wall. Wow.
      Von Pinto
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't qualify the passenger as 'stoic'. True, he doesn't shriek and flail as I surely would have done, but if you pay close attention, his eyes do go all saucery at about the same time the driver goes for his second dab of oppo. Regardless, when I poop, I try not to draw a lot of attention to myself. What we see here may just be a great example of self-preservation instinct.
      Rafael Policastro
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first post I read on this, people were saying that this wasn't a quick car, or that it wasn't a stock car. But all I really cared was to see the actually footage of this amazing record, now I can see why I wanted to see it so bad... Hope they release the full lap. He has some balls to drive like that at 150mph
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