The Subaru WRX STI driven by Mark Higgins broke the car lap record around the Isle of Man TT course earlier this month, and now Subaru has released onboard footage of the astonishing lap.
Having beaten the record on Saturday 4 June, Higgins surpassed himself on Monday 6 June in his second attempt, achieving the four-wheeled Isle of Man TT lap record of 17min 35.139sec. Higgins's lap time was more than 14sec faster than his posted lap on Saturday, his first effort of 2016.
New onboard video
A third and final run was scheduled for Friday 10 June. Higgins was targeting a 130mph lap of the Isle of Man TT course before his run was cancelled following a fatality in the Senior TT race, which was red-flagged.
Higgins told Autocar: “It was so disappointing not to get that one final run on Friday, I was gutted, to be honest. But, having said that, what happened to those guys who lost their lives puts everything into perspective. My heart goes out to their families and friends.”
This was the third year Higgins has tackled the TT course, beating his own lap record on the last two occasions. He ended this year’s event with a time of 17m35.139s, an average speed of 128.730mph around the 37.73-mile circuit.
“When I was getting ready for the lap on Friday, I had a 130mph average in my mind,” said Higgins. “I was sure that was on. We came here with a target of 125mph, so to be knocking on the door of 130mph after just two laps in the car was pretty good.
“While I’m disappointed not to get that third lap, I can’t help but be happy with the way the week has gone, the speed we’ve shown and, of course, the chance to drive this car.”