Former British Rally champ breaks car lap record around Isle of Man TT course, averaging 116mph in a Subaru WRX STI

Three-time British Rally Champion Mark Higgins has broken the lap record for a car around the Isle of Man TT course. Driving a new Subaru WRX STI with only minor modifications he clocked an average speed of 116.47mph, hitting a top speed of 162.9mph on the Sulby Straight and completing the 37.7-mile course in 19 minutes and 26 seconds.

The new benchmark improves on Higgins’ own record set in 2011, in a previous generation Subaru WRX STI, when he averaged 115.36mph. The 2011 attempt broke a long-standing record set in 1990 by Tony Pond, who averaged 102mph in a Rover-827 Vitesse.

Despite topping his own record, Higgins wasn’t completely satisfied: “That was quite a wild lap, there’s definitely more time out there,” he told us. “I probably dropped about 10 seconds going over the mountain, we definitely dropped some power there, I couldn’t get it into top gear going up hill.”

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