Subaru will attempt to set a new four-wheeled lap record on the legendary Isle of Man TT circuit later this month. The Japanese manufacturer already holds the record on the 37.733 mile circuit, set in 2011 by triple British rally champion Mark Higgins with a time of 19 minutes 56.7 seconds, an average speed of 115.36mph.
Higgins will use a near-standard, new-generation 300hp WRX STi, which coincidentally goes on sale in the UK this month, for the attempt. The US-spec car’s suspension will be slightly altered to better cope with the circuit’s bumps and jumps, and be fitted with all the requisite safety equipment.
Higgins will no doubt be hoping the changes to the car will help him avoid a repeat of the incident he suffered on his previous record-breaking lap, when a bump at the bottom of Bray Hill pitched him into a 150mph tank-slapper. Somehow, he survived the moment, which has gone down in Internet infamy, reaching over 10 million views on YouTube. Watch the video below.
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.”