Former British Rally Champion Mark Higgins in a standard Subaru WRX STI with Ohio plates breaks TT Circuit record.
Former British Rally Champion Mark Higgins has set a record lap time on the Isle of Man TT circuit in a production-spec Subaru WRX STI.
The record time of 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds was set on Higgins' first run of the 37.8 mile (60.83 km) road course. His average speed on the run was 113 mph (182 km/h) while hitting a top speed of 162 mph (261 km/h).
Higgins topped the previous record by over 2 minutes, set 21 years ago to the day (June 6) by Tony Pond in a Rover 827 Vitesse.
The production-spec WRX STI used came with a turbocharged 2.5 liter unit with 221 kW (300 PS / 296 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). But some modifications were made to the car, mainly for safety reasons.
Those were an MSA-spec T45 integrated roll cage, TRS race harness and a Lifeline fire extinguisher system. A loud exhaust system also helped warn spectators of the upcoming car.
Also, the car was a left-hand drive model and was wearing Ohio plates of all things.