Video: Subaru STI’s Record-Setting Isle of Man TT Run

By Sam Grossman | June 25, 2011
Subaru has released a video of its very own 2011 Subaru WRX STI setting the all time-fastest production car lap of 19 minutes and 37 seconds at the tumultuous Isle of Man TT Circuit, which is usually reserved only for motorcycle racing. This is not just your average street course. In fact, it is a 37-mile course through the mountains, and we all know what that entails; turns, turns, and more turns, more than 200 in all. While the STI had the extra advantage of all-wheel drive, this was a very difficult task to achieve and an amazing feat for Subaru. Driving the 305-horsepower STI was rally-car driver Mark Higgins; if you hadn’t heard of him before, you sure have now. Higgins reached speeds of 162 mph while averaging 115.356 mph throughout the run. While it appeared easy for him, this is far from the truth. “This is one of the most daunting tracks I have ever driven, and the most terrifying,” said Higgins. He said the biggest ‘moment’ of his career occurred during the second practice lap, when a passenger decided to ride along. The added weight compressed the suspension which caused the STI to shift much more than usual going into the Bray Hill part of the course at more than 150 mph. “The whole thing went by so quickly that we never slowed below 110 mph, and then we were back on the power.” Higgins said. “It was amazing and the helicopter shots really show just how hairy it really was." In order to race this historic circuit, the STI received a few safety modifications including a Lifeline fire suppression system; Hockley Motorsports roll cage; motordrive competition seats; Mintex brake pads, and a louder exhaust that warned spectators of the on-coming car. Of course, in order for the car to reach a speed of 162 mph, the speed limiter was turned off. Check it out for yourself! Click Here to View the Video Source: Subaru