Subaru at the Isle of Mann TT - Click above to watch video after the jump


Subaru has released an official video of the company's recent record-breaking efforts at the Isle of Mann TT. As you may recall, the official sponsor of the race dusted off an impressive elapsed time of 19 minutes and 37 seconds while averaging 115.356 mph. If that's not impressive enough, driver Mark Higgins cracked the 160 mph barrier while blasting through the island course. All told, the U.S.-spec WRX STI clipped through 200 corners, including one spot where the driver and co-driver nearly went tumbling at 130 mph.

Subaru says that the car was left mechanically stock save a few safety additions. A fire-suppression system and roll cage were added in the event of a hairy situation, as well as a set of competition seats and belts. Stouter Mintex brake pads were also fitted for the run, though the stock calipers and rotors stayed along for the ride. The WRX STI also boasted an even freer-flowing exhaust, and engineers nixed the speed limiter, which allowed Higgins to crank the turbocharged flat-four up to 162 mph. Finally, a set of Tein dampers helped the winged machine tackle the uneven pavement and massive jumps of the course. Hit the jump to see the recap video for yourself.



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Subaru Releases Dramatic Video of Isle of Man TT Circuit Record Lap

- YouTube video shows Driver Mark Higgins setting all-time fastest production car lap of 115.356 MPH on historic Mountain Course

- Higgins has the "Moment" at 150 MPH into Bray Hill

CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. has released a new YouTube video of the 2011 Subaru WRX STI setting an all-time course record for the historic Isle of Man TT Mountain Course. The 5 minute 25 second video highlights in graphic detail the speed and drama surrounding rally driver Mark Higgins' lap that averaged 115.356 MPH. After the run, Higgins talks through the "moment" at Brey Hill when he momentarily loses, and then regains, control of the WRX STI at more than 150 MPH.

Driving a US specification 2011 Subaru WRX STI, Higgins achieved speeds of 162 MPH and a lapped time of 19 minutes 37 seconds over the 37-mile track, navigating more than 200 corners.

"This is one of the most daunting tracks I have ever driven, and the most terrifying," said Higgins, a Manx native. "We were only able to get two practice runs and on our second practice I had the biggest 'moment' of my career. We had a passenger on the run and so coming into Bray Hill at more than 150 MPH, the extra weight compressed the suspension more than on previous runs and shifted the Subaru to the left and then right as I corrected--it was a real tank slapper. The whole thing went by so quickly that we never slowed below 110 MPH, and then we were back on the power. It was amazing and the helicopter shots really show just how hairy it really was."

The WRX STI was a production US spec car running a standard 305 HP turbocharged boxer engine. Some safety modifications were made. The Subaru was equipped with a Lifeline fire suppression system, Hockley Motorsports roll cage, motordrive competition seats, Mintex brake pads (but stock calipers and rotors), and a louder open exhaust to warn spectators of the on-coming car. The speed limiter was turned off to allow a higher maximum speed; off-the shelf Tien springs and dampers were added to accommodate the numerous high-speed jumps on the circuit, sending the WRX STI almost four feet off the ground. The car ran on street legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires.


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      johnnyichiban
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but this guy is amazing. I'm trying to contemplate the amount of steering corrections he managed to execute so quickly while careening through such a narrow section at 115mph.
      tarmacdaddy
      • 3 Years Ago
      they should leave that style of post to top gear. doesn't subaru know that any "record run" footage should be presented raw?
      J Ritt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good stuff. I wish they hadn't changed the exhaust, suspension, and removed the rev limiter though. Those are not technically safety items, and the car can't really be called "Production Spec" with those changes. Brake pads, cage, harness, and fire suppression are understandable. If there was one thing that should NOT have been changed, it's the suspension. That one change would have a dramatic impact on a course such as this, and the results aren't representative of what you're getting when you buy one of these cars from the factory. At the very least they should specify which exact Tein suspension it is, so their customers can buy it for their own cars if they want that level of performance. Regardless, I'm probably picking nits. Good effort by Subaru to do something a little different and more unique than yet another lap around "The Ring." Also hats off to the driver for his big, brass pair!
      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Subaru says they left the car mechanically stock" then in the next paragraph it says: "also boasted an even freer-flowing exhaust, and engineers nixed the speed limiter, which allowed Higgins to crank the turbocharged flat-four up to 162 mph. Finally, a set of Tein dampers helped the winged machine tackle the uneven pavement and massive jumps of the course" Soooo, its mostly stock.
        H.E. Pennypacker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        Are you people idiots? Do none of you have MBI? "Mechanical" is a very specific category that does not include brakes, bodywork, suspension, exhaust, etc. Engine block, carb, diff, drive shaft, etc. are "mechanical."
          H.E. Pennypacker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @H.E. Pennypacker
          By all means NightFlight, go to a showroom and demand to buy the IDENTICAL vehicle in the video, or threaten to sue. Make sure they get all the decals too.
          Carzzz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @H.E. Pennypacker
          you guys are arguing over semantics. the car is a production spec, mechanically stock, whatever you want to call it. It is 305 hp, but with an open exhaust it will push maybe 325wp without an ECU tune, but with the weight of the roll cage, its even. you can purchase a mechanically stock sti from the dealer with spt exhaust, and suspension, and it would still be considered mechanically stock. my beef is at mark 1:20, where the speedometer overlay shows it at 150mph, then rev matching downshifting from 6 to 5, then 5 to 4, then 4 to 3 bringing it down to 120 mph. Um the sti gear ratio is super short, and 3rd gear redlines at 75mph. You are in 6th gear for anything above 120. something about this car doesn't seem mechanically stock.
        JohnnyOJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        This is actually Autoblog's idea of mechanically stock. I guess Autoblog was trying to read between the lines or they have another version of the press release. In the press release Subaru doesn't claim the car was mechanically stock. They just detail the changes made to the car.
      Carzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      as a driver of a stage2 sti, that digital speedometer they threw up on the screen was not accurate. The acceleration from 120 to 140 does not happen that quick, and the 140 to 160 is definitely not that quick. The sti is a zero-120 car.
      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent video!
      maxdamage
      • 3 Years Ago
      big cojones
      Reparkable
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just wish Subaru was back in the WRC. (not including privateer teams)
      Erik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sad to see Subaru reduced to novelty one-offs and regional rally competitions, rather that competing at the sharp end of international rallying. Prefer motorbikes at IoM, but this is not a bad video at all.
      Raghu
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is an Ohio plate FGQ 2866... wonder who the owner is?
      beefchow
      • 3 Years Ago
      Could have done without that cheap arcade video game score in the background.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice save!
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