Mark Higgins Smashes Isle of Man Record in Tuned Subaru WRX
He’s done it. Manx rally driver Mark Higgins on Saturday smashed his own Isle of Man TT record for cars.
He completed the 37.73-mile course in a blistering 17:49.75, resulting in an average speed of 126.971 miles per hour. This bests his previous record of 19:15.88 (average speed of 117.51 miles per hour) set in 2014.
Of course, this was to be expected as Higgins’s new record was set in a highly-modified Subaru WRX STI whereas the previous record was set using a WRX STI that was virtually stock. His latest car is thought to be developing close to 600 horsepower. It’s also shod with racing slicks and a drag reduction system.
Nevertheless, Higgins’s run was definitely impressive, as small snippets of video reveal. No doubt Subaru will release a video of the complete run in due course.
Incredibly, this was only Higgins first attempt at this year’s Isle of Man TT. The three-time British Rally Championship and professional stunt driver has three more attempts planned.
Note, Higgins wasn’t the fastest on the day. Michael Dunlop set a new overall record for the Isle of Man TT with a time of 16:58.254 (average speed of 133.393 miles per hour). He achieved this during an RST Superbike TT race on the back of a BMW S1000 RR Superbike.
Sadly, this year’s Isle of Man TT has already been marred by a couple of deaths. They included those of 27-year-old sidecar driver Dwight Beare and 50-year-old rider Paul Shoesmith.