The boffins at Subaru STI have done it again, shattering their own lap record and posting an average speed of 204.36km/h around the formidable Isle of Man TT course in the British Isles.
The 60 km mountain course covers some of the most daunting ground in automotive racing with cars and motorbikes speeding through narrow country towns, drivers are one mistake away from ending up in someone’s living room or splattered across the road.
Rally driver Mark Higgins man handled the Subaru Impreza STI based 400kW rally car around the course and lowered his own record by more than a minute to 17min 35sec.
The previous time was set in a largely stock Subaru STI during practise runs. Fortunately for teams and drivers, no speed limit outside of built up areas means that drivers can legally speed through the majority of the public roads used by the course at well over 200km/h all year round.
Despite becoming the fastest car around the circuit, Higgins fell well short of the 214.6km/h top speed set by Michael Dunlop on board his BMW S1000RR.