Subaru has done it again, setting a new four-wheel lap record around the 37.75-mile TT Mountain Course at the Isle of Man. Mark Higgins in a 2015 WRX STI rocketed through the country roads at an average speed of 116.40 miles per hour to circle the track in 19 minutes, 26 seconds, thereby beating his previous record of 19 minutes 56.7 seconds from 2011 in an STI.

According to Subaru, speeds during the lap ranged from as little as 30 mph to over 160 mph. The STI was mostly stock with the only major mechanical change being different springs and dampers to handle the course's famous bumps at such sustained high speeds. For safety, it also had a rollcage, racing harness, and fire suppression system.

"It was quite a lap we did today and I am really happy to have another record in the bank. The chassis of the new car is so much better it really allowed me to pick up time in each sector in the more technical parts of the course," said Higgins about the run in the Subaru.

Things didn't go smoothly ahead of the lap. Subaru spokesperson Dominick Infante told Autoblog that the team only had limited time to practice on June 1, and all events there were closed on June 3 due to a fatality on the track. Higgins finally got a good chance on June 4, and it came in the nick of time. A few hours later the course was closed due to wet weather.

The latest time isn't quite fast enough to take the outright lap record around the famous course. In 2013, John McGuinness on a Honda CBR1000RR rounded the track in 17 minutes, 11.6 seconds for an average speed of 131.7 mph. Still, Higgins effort is massively impressive. Scroll down to read Subaru's full announcement about it. Infante said to expect a video of the run in a few days.
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NEW SUBARU WRX STI BEATS ITS OWN ISLE OF MAN LAP RECORD
June 4, 2014

• Rally ace Mark Higgins sets new lap record around famous TT circuit in all-new Subaru WRX STI
• New four-wheeled lap record for the 37.8-mile course stands at 19:26 – beating 2011 record established by Higgins in previous-generation WRX STI
• Minimal modifications to record-beating road car


The Subaru WRX STI has once again broken the four-wheeled lap record around the famous Isle of Man TT circuit, with British rally champion Mark Higgins setting a new record of 19 minutes 26 seconds in a production version of the newly launched high-performance saloon.

Higgins's lap around the challenging 37.8-mile TT Mountain course saw him post an average speed of 116mph and a top speed of over 160mph.

Manxman Higgins completed his timed run under closed road conditions as part of the TT schedule and beat his previous record, set in 2011, when he set a time of 19 minutes 56.7 seconds. That was done at the wheel of the previous-generation WRX STI, breaking a record that had stood for 21 years.

As with the previous record-breaking car, the WRX STI used for Higgins's run was a standard Subaru production car (US specification), equipped with a 300ps 2.5-litre horizontally-opposed turbocharged Boxer engine.

The only modifications to the car involved the springs and dampers, which were adjusted to minimise any potential damage when the car encountered the course's many bumps and jumps at high speed. The WRX STI was also equipped with essential safety enhancements, including a roll-cage, race harness and fire suppression system and was fitted with Dunlop Derezza tyres.


Mark said of his run: "It was quite a lap we did today and I am really happy to have another record in the bank.The chassis of the new car is so much better it really allowed me to pick up time in each sector in the more technical parts of the course.

"There is nothing like the TT course in all racing. Not just because of its length but the elevation changes, constant surface variations as you shift from town to country roads and the fact we run from 30mph and then up to 160mph plus for much of the race".

The outright lap record on the TT course was set in 2013 by John McGuinness on a Honda CBR1000RR 'Fireblade'. McGuinness posted a time of 17 minutes, 11.6 seconds, equivalent to an average speed of 131.7mph.

The all-new Subaru WRX STI is now on sale in the UK for £28,995 (on-the-road) – representing a price cut of £4,000 compared to the previous version of the car. To find out more about the new WRX STI, and Subaru's range of All-Wheel Drive models, visit www.subaru.co.uk.

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      Lab Ninja
      • 6 Months Ago
      Whoa. A 30 second difference is a HUGE deal. Nicely done, sir.
      Durishin
      • 6 Months Ago
      Awesome! I got an Instagram pic of the set-up on June 1. Glad it was a successful run. 30-seconds off? Wow. I guess I want an STi even sans the hatch...
      Scooter
      • 6 Months Ago
      Respectable. Although a friend and I have a little WRX/STI joke..."Who puts a hood scoop on a Corrolla?"
        Ben Hayat
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        Have you ever driven an STi? Once you drive it hard, you'll think twice about BMW M series.
          AcidTonic
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ben Hayat
          When the ringlands blow, you'll be on the Evo board acting all surprised that we can hit 400awhp on the stock turbo with bolt ons.... Subie is cheaper to get into the game with the WRX, but if you're paying STI money go get an Evo instead. You can change the spark plugs in 5-10 minutes and sleep at night knowing your stock motor isn't going to blow with just bolt ons. Why they haven't fixed the ringland issue yet with a new motor is beyond me. I'll re-evaluate when they put the new 2.0 into the STI with a twin-scroll kit.
        AP1_S2K
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        "a friend an I"....oh you two and your great jokes.
        ravenosa
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        I don't get the joke... It doesn't look anything like a Corolla.
        U crazy
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        Just your mother
      mookieblaylock
      • 6 Months Ago
      that car is fast, that car looks like but
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 6 Months Ago
      My first question. CVT?
        Lab Ninja
        • 6 Months Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        STIs don't have CVTs. Only the "base" WRX is available with a CVT.
      hmcbride99
      • 6 Months Ago
      Question. Isn't a Honda CBR1000RR a motorcycle?
      rsholland
      • 6 Months Ago
      I have mixed feelings about the Isle of Man TT and Subaru's involvement as a sponsor. On one hand it is a spectacular event with a rich history dating back to 1911. There is nothing like it anywhere on this planet, and the bikes are crazy-fast. On the other hand, since it's initial race in 1911 242 riders have died, and god only knows how many have been injured. So far this year 2 riders have died, and there are several days of racing left. The defense of this race has always been the riders "understand the risks." Okay, but tell that to their loved ones and friends who are left to plan funerals. So far most of the deaths have been just the rider, but it's just a matter of time before a flying out of control bike (or Subaru) takes out a row of spectators. In this age of instant worldwide communication and Velocity TV coverage, that could be a public relations disaster with unimagined consequences for all involved. I hope Subaru has given this serious thought.
        AcidTonic
        • 6 Months Ago
        @rsholland
        Just ban all fun then.... Since you like to stay indoors away from any danger, everyone else should too.... Or let me guess.... you believe since you live on the same planet I do, that whatever I do that you don't like may eventually cause some health-care cost that you think your tax dollars pay for. Which of course means that since healthcare is universal and should be free to all, in reality all are now slaves because how dare they take a risk when you're paying..... It just means you get to be nasty to anyone looking for anything other than a chair to sit on. Did I get close there?
          Andrew
          • 6 Months Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Thank you Acid!!!
          rsholland
          • 6 Months Ago
          @AcidTonic
          No, you did not get close. What you did was show your lack of maturity—quite well I must say. For what it's worth, I've been following the TT since the late 1960s. I've also been watching it every night this week on Velocity TV. I'm also a former motorcycle rider, with over 50K miles of biking experience. So I appreciate and understand what it's like to be a biker. Having said that, I stand by my post.
          rsholland
          • 6 Months Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Oh, I forgot... Over the years I've owned 5 motorcycles. One of which was a 1970 500cc Kawasaki Mach III, bought new. That bike, in the early '70s was one of the fastest bikes you could buy, regardless of displacements. It was one of the first super bikes; fast and a very tricky bike to ride because of the on-off power of the 3-cylinder 2-stroke. So, I've paid my dues in terms of biking.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 6 Months Ago
      faster than the side cars!
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