Bragging rights are a funny thing when it comes to setting records in the auto industry. Everyone shoots for it and once they achieve it, they try to break their own records in an attempt to become better than...themselves. So excuse Subaru for trying to show that it’s better than what it was in 2011 when it set the four-wheeled lap record on the world-famous Isle of Man TT course. That’s because the Japanese automaker is shooting to break the 19 minutes and 56.7 second lap time it set three years ago with British rally champion Mark Higgins.
Later this month, Subaru will once again go to the Isle of Man, only this time it’s bringing the 2015 WRX STI performance saloon to the record attempt. Common sense suggests that since the old record was set by the WRX STI’s predecessor , the 2015 model should have little problem blowing that lap time record away, right?
Well, it’s still easier said than done, especially when you take into consideration how tricky it is to run through a lap without damaging the car. On that end, Subaru did its part by giving the WRX STI some sturdier safety equipment, including adjusting the springs and dampers, as well as fitting the car with a roll-cage, race harness and fire suppression system.
Preparation’s the easy part, but actually achieving what you set out for is the tough part. Hopefully, Higgins and Subaru get to toast to another year of having the fastest time around the Isle of Man TT course.
Pictured Above is Subaru’s 2011 record-setting run at the Isle of Man.
Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru WRX STi.
Why It Matters
Records are always meant to be broken but if you have a record of your own, wouldn’t you want to be the one that breaks it? That’s what Subaru plans to do with this new attempt at the Isle of Man TT course. It only further establishes Subi’s dominance in the industry and continues to garner the positive press the company enjoys with its respectable rally racing efforts.
Here’s to the company’s successful attempt. Hope you break it, Subaru!
Revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show back in January 2014, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI gained a new exterior but retained its already-familiar, turbocharged, 2.5-liter, boxer engine under the hood. The unit delivers 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual transmission.
Despite being launched with no powertrain upgrades, the 2015 WRX STI did get a host of performance improvements, including a stiffer chassis, an updated all-wheel-drive system and improved handling.
Subaru announced prices for the new WRX STI back in February. The car, which is set to go on sale soon, comes with a starting price of $34,495.
Gallery Subaru WRX STI
Subaru will this month mount a fresh assault on the four-wheeled lap record on the world-famous Isle of Man TT course, using the new 2015 WRX STI performance saloon that will be driven by British rally champion Mark Higgins.
The current record stands at 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, set in 2011 by Higgins at the wheel of the previous-generation Subaru WRX STI. Higgins achieved an average speed of 115.36mph around the famous TT Mountain circuit in a production-spec version of the iconic model.
As with the previous record-breaking run, the new WRX STI is a standard Subaru production car (US specification), equipped with a 300ps 2.5-litre horizontally-opposed turbocharged Boxer engine, unmodified brake callipers and road-legal tyres. The springs and dampers have been adjusted slightly to minimise any potential damage when the car encounters the many bumps – and jumps – at high speed along the course. The WRX STI is also equipped with requisite safety features, including a roll-cage, race harness and fire suppression system.
Subaru will complete three timed runs under closed road conditions on Saturday 31 May, Monday 2 June and Wednesday 4 June.
In his previous record attempt on the course, Higgins created one of the most memorable race videos when he had a self-described ‘moment’ at the bottom of Bray Hill at 150mph –clips of the attempt have received almost 10 million views online since 2011 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFlSG9_Ue4A).
Higgins commented: “Setting the record was totally exhilarating and one of the highlights of my career – Bray Hill certainly added to the thrill! As a Manxman, I love the TT Races and I have a huge amount of respect for the TT riders and what they do. It will be a real honour to attempt a new fastest car lap.”
Subaru of America, Inc. will return as a partner with the Isle of Man again this year, renewing its sponsorship of the event.