Back in 2014 Mark Higgins set an insanely quick and record-breaking time at the Isle of Man course in a 2015 Subaru WRX STI. The rally driver is returning to the course this year and hopes to break his own record in a new 2016 Subaru WRX STI.
The feat won't be easy. As we witnessed numerous times, the course combines tight sweepers, high-speed straights on narrow roads, and rough pavement. In his previous attempt, Higgins completed the challenging 37.72-mile rally course in just 19 minutes and 15 seconds at an average speed of 117.510 mph. And that was after he broke a 21-year record (set by Tony Pond in a Rover Vitesse 817) back in 2011 in a stock 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
Subaru hasn't released specs on the new race car, but it did hint it may break its tradition of using a mostly-stock WRX STI in favor of something more purpose-built for the Isle of Man. The automaker says it co-developed the car with Prodrive and received technical assistance from Subaru Tecnica International (STI).
This year's Isle of Man event doesn't take place until May, so in the meantime check out the video below to watch Higgins' insane, record-breaking lap from 2014.