Subaru WRX Breaks Isle of Man Lap Record

June 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

Isle of Man infamous TT course is mainly for superbike racing, but every now and again sportscar too try to set a good time at the fearsome 37.8-mile course.

Subaru WRX is the latest to try it and it set a new record for production car at 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, shaving more than two minutes faster than the previous record, set by the late Tony Pond 21 years ago to the day (on 6 June 1990), at the wheel of an Rover 827 Vitesse.  Pond was the first to break the average 100mph barrier in a road car, and his lap record has stood ever since. The Subaru achieved verage speed of 113mph.  The peak speed achieved during the lap was 162mph.

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The WRX STI used for the record breaking run was a standard Subaru production car, equipped with a 300PS Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine, unmodified brake callipers and with road-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres.  Springs and dampers were adjusted to minimise any potential damage when the car encountering the various bumps and jumps at high speed along the course.

The record breaking driver at the wheel was former British Rally Champion Mark Higgins.