Subaru has been unshakable on the famed Isle of Man TT Course for years. In 2010, the team set a new record on the fabled 59.55 kilometre road course in a previous-gen 2010 Subaru WRX STI. In 2014, the team was at it again, beating its own record in the latest generation, almost-stock WRX STI.
Now, they’ve beaten the record yet again in this insanely fast WRX STI Time Attack racer, a joint development of Subaru of America (SoA) and the car maker’s long-time rally partner Prodrive, with technical assistance provided by in-house tuning arm Subaru Tecnica International (STI).
The WRX STI was driven by rally ace Mark Higgins under full closed road race conditions, with an average lap speed of 207.2 km/h and a time of 17 minutes, 35 seconds. This breaks the previous 2014 record held by Higgins of 187.4 km/h and a time of 19 minutes, 26 seconds.
Compared to the road-going WRX STI, the special model used by Higgins has been worked over extensively by Subaru Technica International (STI) and Prodrive, and features a stripped out cabin complete with a prerequisite roll cage. It also sports a distinguishing aerodynamic kit underscored by a towering rear wing.