Mark Higgins to Set New Isle of Man TT Record in 2015 Subaru WRX STI

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Mark Higgins is a man with legendary levels of car control skills. The video of him driving a Subaru to the very limit on the tight streets of the Isle of Man is idolized by every STI fan since it came out in 2011.
Now, the rally ace will attempt to set another record on the TT course using the brand new car which Subaru just launched in Britain. As with the previous attempt, a stock STI will be used, equipped with a 300 PS 2.5-liter horizontally opposed engine and a short-shift manual gearbox.

The current record stands at 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, set by Higgins with an average speed of 115.26 miles per hour (185.49 km/h). He will take three separate attempts a breaking that record under closed road conditions on Saturday 31 May, Monday 2 June and Wednesday 4 June.

The Japanese car company is fully backing Mark's attempt and says it will be carried out with road-legal tires, the only change being made to the springs and dampers, which have been adjusted to deal with a bumpy track.

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.”

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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