Mark Higgins Subaru Isle of Man TT

Subaru to attempt new IoM TT course record

Mark Higgins Subaru Isle of Man TTSubaru will return to the Isle of Man TT course this month with rally ace Mark Higgins – to try and break its own four-wheeled course lap record.

The firm is heading back to the TT course with the new WRX STi, three years after setting a lap record of 19 minutes 56.7 seconds with Higgins at the wheel.

Subaru will run on the closed course on 31 May, 2 June and 4 June to try and break the 115mph record – and hopefully create some new headlines after YouTube footage of the previous run generated nearly 10 million views!

This may, of course, be due to the self-described 150mph ‘moment’ Higgins had at the bottom of Bray Hill…

Higgins said: “Setting the record was totally exhilarating and one of the highlights of my career – Bray Hill certainly added to the thrill!”

As before, the US-spec 300hp Subaru WRX STi will be almost completely standard, including running on standard brakes and road-legal tyres. Springs and dampers will be modified, but only to deal with the IoM TT course’s many crests, dips and jumps; the car will also have a full roll cage, race harness and fire extinguisher.

“As a Manxman,” added Higgins, “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.”