A Subaru WRX STI Time Attack car driven by Mark Higgins set a new lap record of the fabled 37-mile Isle of Man‘s Snaefell Mountain Course. The lap carried an average lap speed of 128.73 mph and a total time of 17m.35s. This breaks the previous record held by Higgins of 116.47 mph and 19m.26s set in 2014.
The new record for Subaru also comes pretty close to the overall lap record for the course, which was set by Michael Dunlop. The rider set a 16-minute, 58.254-second lap in the RST Superbike TT, averaging about 133 mph, which you can see at the end of this article. The fact the Subaru comes so close to the best bike time make it pretty amazing.
The all-new 2016 Subaru WRX STI time attack car is purpose-built for the Isle of Man TT Course. The WRX STI is a joint development of Subaru of America, and Prodrive, with technical assistance provided by Subaru Tecnica International (STI).
“It was an amazing run today considering we were 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,” said Mark Higgins. “The chassis on this new car is fantastic to drive. It makes a difference driving a car custom designed for this course. It really allowed me to pick up time in each sector in the more technical parts of the course.”
For the 2016 car, Subaru of America decided to create a purpose- built car that could tackle the arduous TT Course, which is similar in style to both the Nürburgring and Le Mans in the demands it puts on suspension and engines.
Subaru called upon the joint expertise of Prodrive for the design and build, and Subaru Technica International for technical assistance. Both have an extensive history in building and designing winning cars. Prodrive and Subaru have won three World Rally Championship Manufacturer titles together and three World Rally Championship driver titles. Prodrive also has experience running team Aston Martin in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24-Hour race. STI has experience designing great road course cars, designing the back-to-back class-winner at the 2015 and 2016 Nürburgring 24-Hour Races.
The car was specifically developed by Prodrive for this record attempt for the unique challenges it poses on the chassis, engine and aero. The car has a DRS (Drag reduction system) on the rear wing to help increase top speed on the straighter sections where extra downforce and grip is not required. It also has a turbo-charged 2 litre flat four boxer engine which can produce up to 600bhp
Just days after setting the new World Record in a Subaru STI, Mark Higgins took journalists for a drive around the full Isle of Man TT Mountain Course to explain some of the finer points of the circuit. Thanks to the team at Driving Sports TV we get this exclusive track tour.
Here we get to have a breakdown of the record breaking Subaru STI with the driver himself Mark Higgins who explains the fine points of the STI and its technical specifications.