The Japanese car maker has provided British rally driver Mark Higgins with an STI at the event in recent years, and this year it has sought help from its old World Rally Championship (WRC) partner Prodrive. This is to ensure the 2016 car beats the current record, which is a lap time of 19min 15sec, set in an older WRX STI in 2014 (see video below).
The new pictures come less than four weeks before the 2016 TT commences, and were taken during recent testing on the Isle of Man course itself. Subaru had to contend with heavy rain and cold air temperatures on the island during the tests, but to stand a chance of setting a new record, Higgins and his team will be hoping for better conditions.
“We are excited to be back and running on the Isle of Man TT course,” said Subaru America’s Communications boss, Dominick Infante. “We have previously run the TT Course in near-stock Subaru WRX STIs, but this year we set out to design the ultimate WRX STI for this circuit.”
No details have been released about the new car, and Prodrive has yet to comment, but previous images suggest that it has received aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, as well as a stripped-out interior and slick tyres.