Subaru WRX STI Shatters Isle of Man Lap Record

Jason Siu
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subaru wrx sti shatters isle of man lap record

A highly modified Subaru WRX STI has shattered the lap record for the Isle of Man TT course.

The all-new 2016 Subaru WRX STI time attack car set a new record with Mark Higgins behind the wheel — he set an average lap speed of 128.73 mph and a time of 17.35. That breaks the previous record that was held by Higgins of 116.47 mph and a time of 19.26. The race car was jointly developed with Prodrive, while technical assistance was provided by Subaru Tecnica International (STI). Just to show how serious Subaru was about breaking its own record, the new car was purpose-built for the Isle of Man TT course.

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Unfortunately, the Japanese automaker hasn’t released a video of the record-setting lap yet, but we expect it to surface soon. In the past, Subaru has been more than excited to share its in-car videos from the Isle of Man.

“It was an amazing run today considering we were running in very hot conditions and the tarmac was quite soft. With lower temperatures we would be making more horsepower, so I still believe we have more left in terms of speed, but it is great to have another record in the bank,” said Mark Higgins. “The chassis on this new car is fantastic to drive. It makes a difference driving a car custom designed for this course. It really allowed me to pick up time in each sector in the more technical parts of the course.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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