The Isle of Man TT course is probably the most fearsome race circuit in the world. With over 200 corners in its 37.7-mile length, it makes the Nurburgring Nordschleife look like a gentle stroll through the woods.
TT legend John McGuinness holds the current lap record of 17 minutes 3.567 seconds, an astonishing average speed of 132.701mph. You need to know every inch of the road and have superhuman bravery to go that fast on the Mountain Course and local rally driver Mark Higgins ticks both those boxes.
The three-time British Rally Champion and movie stunt driver – his credits include SPECTRE and Fast and Furious 6 – already holds the four-wheeled lap record on the TT route, setting a time of 19 minutes 15.88 seconds (117.51mph average) in 2014 – watch the video above.
That time was 11 seconds quicker than he’d been the previous day, and 40 seconds faster than his first record on the course in 2011. That attempt was memorable for a massive 150mph sideways moment.
Those records were set in near-standard examples of the Subaru WRX STi. But for his latest attempt Higgins has a rather more specialised car, which you see here.
No details on the Prodrive-built machine have been released; all we can say is that it looks like a very serious bit of kit, half race car, half old-school World Rally Car.
Higgins will make his record attempt during TT week in June. A 120mph lap is surely the target.
By Only Motors