Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Watch a Modified Subaru WRX STI Dominate the Isle of Man TT
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Watch a Modified Subaru WRX STI Dominate the Isle of Man TT

Madman Mark Higgins breaks his own record

Conner Golden
Jun 9, 2016

The Isle of Man TT course is not for the faint of heart. It's a rather terrifying blast through two-lane roads, slicing into tiny towns, mountains, and sweeping pastures. The surface is uneven, the roads are claustrophobic, and the competing vehicles are extremely fast. This nerve-wracking environment didn't discourage Subaru, however, who just announced a highly-modified WRX STI broke the course record by an astounding two minutes.

Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man TT Record front 660x438 Photo 2/9   |   Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man TT Record front

As you might expect, the STI used in the record run is far from stock. Not much technical info was provided, but Subaru claims the weaponized WRX STI packs 600 hp from a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine, not the 2.5-liter engine U.S.-spec STIs get. With a weight right around 2,590 pounds, and a top speed of 180 mph, the STI cracked the TT course in a scant 17:25, a far cry from the previous record of 19:26.

2017 Subaru WRX
$26,695 Base Model (MSRP) 20/27 MPG Fuel Economy
Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man TT Record interior 660x438 Photo 3/9   |   Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man TT Record interior

The STI was manhandled to this record by stunt driver Mark Higgins, who maintained an average speed of 128 mph, beating his previous average of 116 mph. The car was prepared through a partnership with Subaru and the rally car maniacs at Prodrive.

If you think the only TT course records that matter involve just two-wheels, we've got great news. TT familiar Michael Dunlop delivered the first-ever sub-17 minute lap of the Mountain course. Better yet, the whole endeavor was caught on helmet cam, a seamless rush of villages, forests, and hills with speeds reaching up to 200 mph. Though these feats are impressive, the event was again marred by tragedy as two motorcyclists died from injuries sustained during competition.

Take a look at both the Subaru and the Dunlop TT record runs in the videos below.

By Conner Golden
75 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Falken Tire boosts involvement in Formula D for 2017 with six-car squad and as series' Official Tire Sponsor
Bob HernandezMar 23, 2017
Maybe not a full AMG but more than a great car.
Colin RyanMar 23, 2017
Could this mid-engine Ferrari prototype preview a new V-6-powered Dino? Take a look at the spy shots here and decide for yourself.
Kirill OugarovMar 23, 2017
Mazda Motorsports is now offering a factory-approved hardtop for its MX-5 Global Cup racecar. Orders are being accepted through Mazda Motorsports.
Ed TahaneyMar 23, 2017
McLaren finally releases more info on its new “hyper-GT,” the three-seater that will be the automaker’s most powerful and most aerodynamic road car to date
Kelly PleskotMar 22, 2017
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW Subaru WRX
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP