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It’s been less than two days since Subaru smashed its own lap record on the Isle of Man TT road course, and the Japanese automaker improved its benchmark once again. This time, three-time British rally champion Mark Higgins and his modified 2015 WRX STI completed the 37-mile course in 19 minutes and 15 seconds.

The new record represents an 11-second improvement over the previous achievement, which in turn bettered Subaru’s first encounter with the Isle of Man TT course by no less than 30 seconds. What’s more, Higgins completed his second lap with an average speed of 117.51 mph, which translates into a 1.04-mph improvement. Kudos to Mark!

So what’s with Subaru breaking its own record for the second time in just two days you ask? Well, it appears that Higgins was unhappy about several errors he committed during his previous attempt and wanted to give it another go knowing he can get more out for the WRX STI. Turned out he was right and Subaru of America has a brand-new record to brag about.

As previously mentioned, Subaru’s vehicle of choice for this run wasn’t exactly a bone-stock STI. The nippy sedan gained a FIA-approved roll cage, racing seats, improved springs and dampers, a fire-suppression system, and had its wheels wrapped in Dunlop Direzza tires before taking the course. Additionally, the engineers removed the STI’s speed limiter to allow Higgins to charge speed past the 155-mph limit.

Click past the jump to read more about Subaru’s new Isle of Man record.

When it comes to bragging rights attached to production cars, most automakers quote the electrifying Nurburgring lap times achieved by their hatchbacks or supercars. Subaru , however, is taking pride in a benchmark set on course that’s more familiar to motorcycle riders than sharp-witted, fast drivers - the Isle of Man TT road course.

Three years have passed since a 2010 Subaru WRX STI driven by three-time British rally champion Mark Higgins set the car lap record at 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, and the same team returned to the Isle of Man to improve the benchmark. And Higgins did so by hooning a 2015 WRX STI around the track and past the finish line in only 19 minutes and 26 seconds, smashing his previous record by no less than 30 seconds.

Durring his attempt, the British driver managed to reach an average speed of 116.47 mph and a top speed of 162.9 mph, two figures that are also superior to the ones he touched back in 2011. According to Subaru, the WRX STI used for the record-breaking course is a stock, U.S.-spec model that received some updates, including a FIA-approved roll-cage, racing seats, improved springs and dampers, and a fire suppression system. Additionally, the sedan was fitted with Dunlop Derezza at all four corners and had its speed limiter - normally set at 155 mph - removed.

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McLaren Automotive has announced its financial results for 2013, posting record revenues of $477.90 million (£285.4 million) for the year. While this is great news for the company, the Brits unveiled something even more exciting for its customers: the rumored track-focused P1 supercar will hit race courses in 2015.

There is some bad new though, as the race-ready P1 will be available only to clients who have ordered one of the 375 standard and road-legal P1s. So unless you either have one parked in your garage or on its way, no soup for you! However, owning a street-spec P1 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re entitled to buy and hoon such a track beast. McLaren says this purposed vehicle will be its rarest yet, meaning only a handful of them will be built. Production figures have yet to be released, but don’t expect them to be assembled by the hundreds.

Although details about the track-prepped P1 are still under wraps, we have a hunch the Brits are working on an extreme aerodynamic body, and an upgraded suspension specifically tuned for the race course. An output update is also on the table, but we’re not betting on massive improvements in the horsepower and torque departments.

In addition to confirming the new track toy, McLaren also announced that the P13 sports car will become available in more than one version. No actual details were given, but the entry-level vehicle is likely to roll out in coupe and convertible guises, and, later in its life, with a GT suit as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

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It wasn’t long ago that Mitsubishi was known for producing some of the most desirable performance vehicles in the U.S. Lately, however, Mitsubishi has let that performance mantle slip, mostly selling not-that-bad crossover SUV s and a less-than-inspiring economy car . There’s been the promise of a next generation Evo for a while, but at least for now, it would seem then that Mitsubishi has lost its way, and the prevailing opinion seems to be that it’s only a matter of time before they fade away into obscurity.

While the fate of Mitsubishi may be uncertain, gamers may be getting a peek into the future with the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo, a car available exclusively in Vision Gran Turismo. Instead of just being a visual exercise though, Mitsubishi claims that this car was developed for the game by their actual design teams just like they would design a real life vehicle.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

Mitsubishi is returning to this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an improved iteration of its MiEV electric race car . After coming second and third in the Electric Modified class last year, Mitsubishi will be looking to cross the finish line in first position with an aerodynamically optimized and more powerful vehicle.

Specifically developed for the grueling Pikes Peak course, The MiEV Evolution III benefits from a redesigned tube-frame chassis and reshaped bodywork, the latter modeled after extensive wind tunnel testing. The resulting single-seater is lighter that its predecessor and provides more downforce thanks to its huge front spoiler and massive rear wing.

Fitted with electric motors at all corners, the Evolution III is also a lot more powerful than last year’s model, as the units now deliver a total output of 611 horsepower (450 kW). That’s a 68-horsepower increase over the Evolution II, which had 543 electrified ponies (400 kW) on tap. Enabling the vehicle to handle all that additional power is Mitsubishi’s redesigned Super All-Wheel Crontrol (S-AWC) system, one that returns better handling and improved traction control.

Driving duties for the 2014 Pikes Peak were handled to Hirochi Masuoka and Greg Tracy, the same aces that took both MiEV Evo IIs to podium finishes last year. While Tracy is a six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion, Masuoka has yet to experience success in the Rocky Mountains. However, the Japanese has two Dakar Rally overall wins to his name.

The 92nd running of the "Race to the Clouds" is set to begin on June 29 near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III.

There are some world records that we considered ridiculous, bordering even to the insane. But there are records that really hold their own weight and being the "fastest blindfolded driver on Earth" certainly is one of them. Extreme Motorsport seems to think so too, which is why the company is now on the hunt for anybody looking to take on this challenge and in the process stamp their names into the record books.

As part of its proposal, Extreme Motorsport will provide challengers with a souped-up Ferrari 458 Challenge Race Car that these people will drive blindfolded as fast as they can over a one-mile distance within a given time. The objective is to beat the current world record held by Mike Newman, who set the bar while driving 186.12 mph in a Porsche 911 GT2 last September.

That might seem like an easily attainable record given that the 458 Challenge can hit speeds in excess of 200 mph, but once you factor in the element of being blindfolded, then it gets a lot trickier. Nevertheless, Extreme Motorsport is pushing through with the challenge, inviting anybody who is game enough to try and re-write history.

The company has even chosen the Elvington Airfield in York, England where the record attempts are going to take place, specifically a two-mile stretch of the airport’s runway that’s flatter, longer, and wider than the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground where Newman set the current record with the 911 GT2.

The challenge has been set for July this year, giving interested challengers enough time to gumption up the wits to try and break Newman’s record. As added incentive, the entire event will be filmed by Verve Productions, chronicling the the lives and preparations of the would-be challengers in the days leading up to the event, all the way to the record-setting attempts.

Should there still be trepidation among those interested in attempting to drive blindfolded, they can at least take comfort knowing that there will be a comprehensive training program that will be part of the event under the guidance of former F1 driver and the original Stig himself, Perry McCarthy.

Having said all that, if you’re still interested in becoming the fastest blindfolded driver on the planet, now’s your chance to tell Extreme Motorsport that you want to be a part of it. You need to at least be an experienced driver over 21 with a current driving license. For more details, head over to Extreme Motorsport’s website for all of the details and to apply for the record-breaking event.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fastest Blindfolded Driver on Earth World Record Challenge.

If you had the power, money, and influence of Top Gear , what would you do with it? If you answered with "Hold a massive festival of speed on a tropical island, and make an F1 car race against a rally car," then you need to click play on this video.

The Top Gear Festival Barbados took place just a few days ago, and one of the main festivities was a race between Lewis Hamilton and Ken Block . Lewis was in his Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car from last season and Block was in his Ford Fiesta GRC .

To make things even more entertaining an enjoyable, part of the track was a modified dirt circuit with jumps for Block.

You may think it will be an easy win for the F1 car, but from the moment the flag drops it becomes very clear this will not be an easy race for Lewis.

I won’t spoil who wins, but the race is great fun to watch. Click play and enjoy the ultimate level of "cocking about" that only Top Gear can provide.

You may be aware that I love my racing games , and that I am super excited about Grid Autosport , but why should you care about this game? Well apart from the fact that it looks amazing , and that it should be a blast to play, the team at Codemasters has been working as hard as humanly possible to make the new Grid game feel amazing.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at this new trailer. It covers the Touring Car racing side of the new Grid Autosport game. With a huge collection of interviews with current professional drivers and a smorgasbord on wheel-to-wheel action in-game, the video is freaking amazing to watch.

It may not be the most technically accurate game with a million physics calculations like what Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports wants to provide, but I have never seen a game capture the pure essence of speed and aggression that comes with driving on track like Grid Autosport seems to. Now I am not going to say it should be top on your buying list until I get the chance to play it, but it sure looks like one of the most promising candidates.

The game is coming out in just a few weeks, so keep your eyes glued here at TopSpeed.com for my full review when it goes live. Also, make sure to listen to the TopSpeed podcast , as I am likely discuss the game at length there as well.

There are few things in this country more American than a NASCAR race. Sure, apple pie and baseball might outrank it, but neither of those can compete with stock cars thundering around a track at 200 mph while continually riding on the brink of catastrophe as they race just inches away from a concrete wall and other drivers gunning to win. So when the opportunity arose to become deeply immersed in the culture during the recent All-Star race, I jumped at the chance.

It all started a few months ago with an email invite from Toyota. It read something along the lines of, “how about joining us at the NASCAR All-Star race and tours of the Joe Gibbs Racing Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame?” My reply went something like, “Heck yeah, I’ll be there!”

I decided to skip the crowded airports for a 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport and a seven-hour drive through the heart of the eastern seaboard. I viewed this almost like a pilgrimage; setting out on a roadtrip for a destination of racing importance located in the rolling hills of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Once on the road, my choice of chariot was immediately affirmed. Unlike my last Lexus experience, the front seat was perfectly molded, padded, and bolstered. The more I drove, the more the car seemed to shrink around me, making tight maneuvering a thing of ease. The stout 3.5-liter V-6 offered plenty of grunt while the tight steering and sport-tuned suspension made each corner a memorable event.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport and about my time spent at Joe Gibbs Racing Center

Sir Jack Brabham, a three time F1 World Champion and the only man to have won the Formula One drivers’ title in a car he designed and built, died Monday morning, aged 88.

An iconic figure of the classic era of motorsport, the Australian started racing after watching a midget car race in the late 1940s. He joined Formula One in 1955, after moving to Europe and tying a friendship with John Cooper, a relationship that would last until 1961.

It was under Cooper’s flag that Brabham started to make a name for himself as both a passionate driver and a skilled engineer, commonly adopting his own tactics while behind the steering wheel. Just like Juan Manual Fangio , Brabham started to race Formula One single-seaters in his 30s, proving that talent and prowess don’t fade away with age.

Brabham had sporadic appearances in his first three season in Formula One, starting in only seven races and finishing just three, without scoring a podium. That changed dramatically in 1958, when the Australian raced a full season, although he failed to score more than three points.

Success finally came in 1959. Cooper introduced the rear-engine, T51 car and Brabham drove it to two wins and three podiums to win his first World Championship. In the process, "Black Jack" defeated famed figures such as Stirling Moss , Phil Hill and Bruce McLaren. He reached new heights the next season, when he won the series with a comfortable lead after taking five consecutive checkered flags. McLaren, Moss and Hill had to settle with yet another defeat.

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Source: BBC

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