Subaru WRX STI takes 1 minute and 49 seconds and goes almost 13 miles per hour faster over last year’s record
While there are many more demanding courses than the Isle of Man TT course such as Le Mans and the Nurburgring, few exceed the danger posed by the course. The race is run on city streets with minimal safeguards and protection. Additionally, most of the races run involve motorcycles. There is on average a death a race.
Despite the dangers of the course, it provided to be no match for Subaru and their specially-designed Subaru WRX STI. Piloted by pro-rally driver Mark Higgins, the purpose built Time attack course broke the previous lap record with a time of 17 minutes and 35 seconds. This is an average speed of 128.73 miles per hour.
The previous records was set by the same Mark Higgins who managed to turn in a lap of the famous 37 miles course with a time of 19 minutes and 26 seconds, clocking an average speed 116.47 miles per hour. This year’s car knocked a 1 minute and 46 seconds off the course record. The average speed was 12.26 miles per hour faster this year.
When asked about his performance, Mark Higgins responded saying “It was an amazing run today considering we running in very hot conditions and the tarmac was quite soft. With lower temperatures we would be making more horsepower, so I still believe we have more left in terms of speed, but it is great to have another record in the bank”, Mark Higgins said.