Rally driver Mark Higgins eclipses his own track standard around the full TT Mountain circuit in a Subaru WRX STI

Ex-British Rally Champion Mark Higgins has set an even faster lap time around the Isle of Man TT circuit today (Friday), eclipsing the time he set earlier in the week.

Prior to today's Senior TT Higgins – driving a modified Subaru WRX STI – lapped the 37.7-mile course in 19min 15.88sec, which equates to an average speed of 117.51mph.

That is a new lap record for a car around the road course, and betters the time he set on Wednesday. The Manxman first set a lap record on the island back in 2011, when he achieved an average speed of 115.36mph. He exceeded 160mph in places around the Mountain circuit.

"I am still learning where I can go flat in this car," said Higgins.

Higgins' new record is faster than the TT’s existing ‘ultra lightweight’ 125cc motorcycle lap record and the existing 600cc sidecar lap record set in 2007. The TT’s outright lap record, set by Bruce Anstey in the Superbike race on Sunday, stands at 17min 06.70sec and 132.298mph.

Higgins’ Subaru is running in close to production specification. The engine has been modified to remove the car’s speed limiter and to provide better high-speed cooling.

The standard suspension has been upgraded with competition-spec springs and dampers, and lightweight alloy wheels and road-legal Dunlop Direzza tyres are used. A full roll cage has also been fitted, along with full bucket seats.

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4 June 2014
No doubt a lot of risk involved and fuel used to prove that a lightly modified Subaru WRX is faster than a 125cc motorcycle - and nearly as fast as a motorcycle and sidecar combination - around the Isle of Man TT Course. Maybe the Nurburgring records are getting too hard to crack.
Still, I expect it was fun...

4 June 2014
any video footage of this?

Him

5 June 2014
Scary quick.

"Higgins’ Subaru is running in close to production specification"

... with an engine modified to remove the car’s speed limiter and to provide better high-speed cooling, and upgraded competition-spec springs and dampers, and lightweight alloy wheels and road-legal Dunlop Direzza tyres and a full roll cage and full bucket seats.."

So, not really close to production spec, after all, but still a mighty performance from Mr Higgins. Went through a Kielder special stage with him once, in a Nissan rally car. Mad. Totally mad.

5 June 2014
As someone else remarked, it's a one car competition,would mean more if say 10 cars were allowed to compete.

Peter Cavellini.

5 June 2014
But changing the cooling, suspension, wheels and removing the speed limiter means it's not production specification! The time it's done it in is meaningless as I could now take any other car, modify it, and beat the time.

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