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Mike Stevens | Jun, 06 2014 | 1 Comment

UPDATE: A couple of days after this record was set, Higgins bettered it again with a new time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds.
UPDATE: In-car lap video added.


Subaru’s new WRX STI has already set sales records here in Australia, and now it’s secured another title, this time on the road.

The carmaker announced in April that it would attempt to beat its own fast lap time at the famous Isle of Man - and the news is good.

At the hands of British rally champ Mark Higgins, holder of the previous record, the new WRX STI lapped the 59.54km course in 19 minutes and 26 seconds, beating the previous time of 19m56.7s.

Higgins also maintained an average lap speed of 187.44km/h, bettering the earlier record of 185.65km/h that he set with a 2010 WRX STI.

The new record-holding car is a standard US market 2015 WRX STI, with the only modifications limited to safety features that included an FIA-spec roll cage, racing seat and harness, fire suppression system and - to handle the high average speed - modified springs and dampers.

"It was quite a lap we did today and I am really happy to have another record in the bank. The chassis on this new car is so much better it really allowed me to pick up time in each sector in the more technical parts of the course," Higgins said.

Incredibly, Higgins believes he could have posted an even better time if not for a small slip-up.

"I think there is definitely time that we left on the course. I lost time on the second part of the track, overshooting my braking point at Sign Post corner. I actually hand-braked the turn in the end, so I feel we can definitely do better."


UPDATE: A couple of days after this record was set, Higgins bettered it again with a new time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds.

Catch the video of the lap below.

MORE: WRX and WRX STI news and reviews

 
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