Subaru of America has announced that it is returning to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) in a 2015 WRX STI in an attempt to beat its own fastest lap time.
The current record was set by British Rally Champion Mark Higgins in a 2011 WRX STI. Mark averaged 185.65km/h across the 60.75km mountain course.
While setting the 2011 record, Higgins had a self-confessed “moment” at the bottom of Bray Hill at 240km/h (see video above).
"Setting the record was totally exhilarating and one of the highlights of my career," Higgans said.
As a Manxman 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."
This time around, Higgins is back and he’ll be piloting a U.S.-spec 2015 WRX STI that is for the most part stock.
For safety’s sake a roll-cage, race harness and fire suppression system have been fitted, while springs and dampers have been modified to better handle the sustained high speeds that will be required.
Subaru will complete 3 timed runs on Saturday 31st May, Monday 2nd June and Wednesday 4th June. The event will take place under full, closed road conditions.