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  • Subaru obliterates Isle of Man lap record with stock WRX STI



    We talk about the Nürburgring a lot, but perhaps it's time we start devoting more ink to the Isle of Man. Located between Great Britain and Ireland, the tiny bit of green plays host to one of the most impressive displays of speed on the planet.

    The annual Isle of Man TT plays out on a 37.8-mile course made up of public roads, which are closed down during race days. It's run by motorcyclists, and crazy sonsof*****es skilled pilots can complete the loop in under 18 minutes. Curious how long it would take an automobile to run the same course? Back in 1990, driver Tony Pond was curious as well, and he pushed a Rover 827 Vitesse around the island in 21 minutes, becoming the first driver to average 100 miles per hour in a car on the course.

    Subaru decided to have a go at that record, and sent a WRX STI sedan and driver Mark Higgins to the Isle of Man. The car is a stock STI, with the exception of a roll-cage, race harness, fire extinguisher and adjusted springs and dampers to handle the various bumps found on the public roadway. How'd Higgins do? He smashed Pond's record by two minutes, with a time of 19:56.7 and an average speed of 113 miles per hour. Higgins stated, "Setting the record was both the most exhilarating and the most frightening thing I have ever done." We believe you, and we salute you Mr. Higgins, on a rather impressive bit of driving.

    Read More/Subaru Press Release: autoblog.com/2011/06/09/subaru-obliterates-isle-of-man-lap-record

    subaru.co.uk/news/isle-of-man-lap-record

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    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Igor103's Avatar
      Igor103 -
      Dam...
    1. lych05's Avatar
      lych05 -
      It was a Honda Engine in the 827....Rover engine would have sounded nice but would not have got round at that speed without the headgasket blowing....Scooby would still have obliterated it...being pedantic but its a fact....
    1. dtuberbau's Avatar
      dtuberbau -
      Why is there an Ohio plate on the car?
    1. josnroh's Avatar
      josnroh -
      Quote Originally Posted by dtuberbau View Post
      Why is there an Ohio plate on the car?
      Don't know for sure,but the 18 sticker on the plate is Cuyahoga County.
    1. rage-wrx's Avatar
      rage-wrx -
      And the video.Recommend viewing in HD with the sound turned up!!!



      And what a save!!!!
    1. Mahtava's Avatar
      Mahtava -
      awesome vid, he must have been having a crazy adrenaline rush
    1. scoobydude2002's Avatar
      scoobydude2002 -
      Quote Originally Posted by josnroh View Post
      Don't know for sure,but the 18 sticker on the plate is Cuyahoga County.
      hahahaha I am from Akron so this just got me pumped. Probably watched this video idk way too many times =P But I guess the valley has taught him well! =)) Or taught the car well lol
    1. Igor103's Avatar
      Igor103 -
      Still, why not use a UK-spec STI, 320R would be even moar faster.
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