A specially prepared Subaru WRX STI has managed to once again beat the previous record for a four-wheel-vehicle lap around the tricky Isle of Man TT course – and it so happens the previous one was also a Subaru WRX STI affair.
The Japanese brand’s new evolution actually demolished the previous time – the 600-horsepower WRX STI lapped the 37.73-mile Snaefell Mountain Course in 17 minutes and 49.75 seconds, while the previous records stood at 19:15.88 in 2014 and 19:56.7 in 2011. “I’ve only had one practice run so I’m over the moon to do that on only my second lap and there’s a little bit more to come – definitely from me because I’m learning all the time I go around the track – and there is a little bit more to come from the car as well,” commented driver Mark Higgin, who managed to take down his previous record on June 4. We could still see an even better time, as the final attempt is scheduled for June 10. His specific weapon is the Prodrive prepared and Dunlop tires equipped specially outfitted WRX STI.
The experts at Prodrive have cranked up the 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine, among the changes adding a beefier turbo. And they also tuned the suspension setup, drag reduction system, and brought in Dunlop competition-spec tires to help the Subaru negotiate the Isle of Man’s twists, turns, and undulations. The main difference between the times is due to the previous STI iterations staying close to stock form – the 2011 car had the necessary safety updates and the 2014 version also came with a retuned suspension but kept the street-legal tires. Higgins is though not the fastest man on the Snaefell Mountain Course – the title goes to Michael Dunlop who achieved the all-time course record on June 4 with a time of 16:58.254.