Subaru drops epic video of Isle of Man TT record breaking lap

June 27th, 2011 by NZPC

Subaru went to this year’s Isle of Man TT race and fully owned it. No, the Japanese carmaker hasn’t branched out into AWD motorcycles but it did take a stock WRX STI and run a time of 19 minutes and 37 seconds on the famous 60km course. That was quick enough to earn Subaru the record for a car over the course. By comparison the outright lap record of 17 minutes and 12 seconds was set in 2009 by John McGuinness on a Honda CBR1000RR ‘Fireblade’ motorcycle.

The WRX had an average speed of 185kph going as fast as 255kph on some of the longer straights. Ex WRC driver Mark Higgins took the Subie through a total of 200 corners and at one point got very loose at around 200kph before bringing it back in straight.

The WRX STI has a standard production turbocharged engine putting out 227kW. Safety modifications included the addition of a roll cage, fire-suppression system, special brake pads and a louder open exhaust to help warn spectators of the approaching car. Subaru also took off the car’s speed governor and tweaked the suspension with Tein dampers to handle the course’s famous jumps.

Subaru are understandably proud of this achievement and has just released a choice video showcasing the record lap, check it out below.