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As the core sponsor of the Isle of Man TT, Subaru has sent their Rallycross speedster Mark Higgins to push the mind-blowing WRX STI to the limits. Higgins today managed to push the official car of the TT to the maximum and set the Road course’s new lap record. The 2015 US-spec Subaru WRX STI driven by Higgins picked up a new lap record of the 37-mile Isle of Man TT Road course with an average lap speed of 116.470 mph and a time of 19.26. This breaks the current record of 115.36 that was set three years ago by Higgins in a 2010 WRX STI.

Subaru has lined up a second run for Higgins tomorrow to see if the speedster could better the current record. “As the official car of the TT, this record is especially gratifying,” Higgins explained on his record lap today. “The Isle of Man really shows the improvements we have made to the new WRX STI in terms of chassis and steering. We are evaluating whether to make another run on Friday and top this record.”

Higgins who drove a stock 2015 WRX STI described his record lap run, “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. 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.”

The stock 2015 WRX STI, which comprises an FIA-spec roll-cage, racing seat with harness, fire suppression system and modified springs and dampers, was able to handle the sustained high speeds and changing conditions of the course. The Subaru WRX STI also featured Dunlop Derezza tyres and a high decibel straight exhaust for crowd safety. The speed limiter was removed from the car to prevent unwanted interruptions.

“There is nothing like the TT course in all of racing, it’s just an amazing circuit,” Higgins further testified. “Not just because of its length, but the elevation changes, constant surface variations as you shift from town to country roads and the fact that we run roughly 30 mph and then up to 160 plus for much of the race.”

In his previous attempt on the course, Higgins created one of the most memorable record lap run videos when he had a self-described “moment” at the bottom of Bray Hill at 150 mph.

The Higgins – WRX STI record lap run has been comprehensively risk assessed by both Subaru and the ACU, including consultation with all relevant parties, under full, closed road race conditions.

Edited: Subaru