The Japanese automaker has tweaked all the available footage of the Isle of Man TT record-breaking lap and now we have the full video account of the drive that averaged 128.73 mph.
The epic lap was done by Mark Higgins – which is actually responsible for the last few automobile records at the famed racing circuit. His superb drive this year was done in a heavily modified 2016 Subaru WRX STI Time Attack, which was tweaked out by iconic specialist Prodrive. The 37-mile course was done in just 17 minutes and 35 seconds at an average speed of 128.73 mph (207.17 km/h) – taking down his previous record that was done in 19 minutes and 26 seconds at an average velocity of 116.47 mph (187.44 km/h). Of course this was done thanks to the customized heart of the car – Prodrive used a 2.0-liter WRC engine packing 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 405 pound-feet (548 Newton-meters) of torque. All of the grunt is directed to the wheels using a sequential rally-spec gearbox which has also been tweaked specifically for the Isle of Man course.
This WRX STI was also light and nimble, with Prodrive stripping out all the unnecessary amenities and leaving inside just two seats, a digital dash, and a shift lever. On the outside the changes included an active rear wing. The idea was to make the car just as fast as the motorcycles on the course, but Michael Dunlop in a BMW S 1000 RR also delivered a new record this year by lapping the TT in just 16 minutes and 53.9 seconds at an average speed of 133.96 mph (215.59 km/h).