Announced a few weeks ago, told a Subaru Impreza WRX STI in driver Mark Higgins with the aim to shatter his own lap record for the Isle of Man, made in 19 minutes and 15 seconds at 189.11 km / h in 2014. a performance achieved with the way since the rally driver lowered the mark of one minute and 26 seconds. At 204.34 km / h average, Mark Higgins has covered the 59.54 km of the tour of the island in 17 minutes and 49 seconds. It must be said that he knows the Isle of Man as his pocket, being native.
During the day Saturday, Higgins once improved his mark with a time of 17 minutes 49 seconds and 75 hundredths, before repeat performance two days later with a time into 17 minutes 35 seconds, an average speed 205.99 km / h!
Mark Higgins thus remains the fastest man on the course of the famous Tourist Trophy, but on four wheels only. In two-wheel category indeed, Michael Dunlop has won this year’s Superbike race aboard his BMW S 1000 RR, at an average speed of 211.77 km / h (the new record of the route in 16 minutes 58 seconds and 254 thousandths lap).
This new WRX STI has been prepared specifically for the Isle of Man race thanks to a collaboration between Prodrive and Subaru of America. The engineers worked on the suspension and the engine to turn it into WRX STI Time Attack. The Subaru AWD, 272 hp version of series, also relied on a team to the island to jump on the arduous road of TT.