TT Challenge - The Subaru Record -Out now on DVD and Download!!

itunes.apple.com www.dukevideo.com British Rally Driver Mark Higgins in a Subaru WRX STI set a new record for a car lapping the Isle of Man TT course at the 2011 Isle of Man TT. The Subaru set a time of 19 mins 37.4 seconds around the 37.7 mile Isle of Man TT course. "It was the biggest moment of my life" Mark Higgins Triple British rally champion Higgins, 40, was attempting to set the fastest average speed for a four-wheeled vehicle around the closed-road circuit, which runs through towns and over the 2000ft Snaefell Mountain. Set by the late Tony Pond in a heavily modified Rover 827 Vitesse, the record had stood at 102mph for 21 years. "I've tried to do this for a decade," says Higgins. Several manufacturers have shown interest in supporting such a bid for this TT Challenge, but he'd never been able to secure permission from the TT authorities. Subaru was the first manufacturer to be given the opportunity since 1990 and Higgins was the only man for the job; he's Manx born and bred. "The car is basically a stock 2.5-litre STI," says Higgins. "It has modified brake pads, but the brakes are otherwise standard. We put rally suspension on because of the jumps and the high speeds. For safety, we have a roll cage, fire extinguisher and bucket seats." "In terms of the engine, the biggest thing is the straight-through rally exhaust, which was a requirement of the organisers so they could hear us coming. It probably lifts power to the mid 300s [bhp]." Critically, the Subaru was ...

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