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Old 06-09-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Subaru at Isle of Man TT

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British Rally Champion Mark Higgins breaks the road car record for Isle of Man TT with a slightly modified Subaru WRX STI (Sedan) at 19 minutes 56.67 seconds at an average speed of 113mph (~181kph).

The previous record was set in 1990 with rally driver Tony Pond in a Rover 827 Vitesse at 22 minutes 9.01 seconds

The Overall Lap Record is held by Rider John McGuinness with a 2009 Honda CBR1000RR at 17 minutes 12.30 seconds (131mph average)

He has one more run scheduled tomorrow. I wish him the best of luck. Check out the amazing recovery in the R&T video, imagine being that passenger!

Road and Track
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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I'd **** my pants if I were the co-driver.
And to those last two videos...Those are what you call a REAL drive by videos!!
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I... love... that... sound.

Wonder how fast he was going when he got off balance. I've done that once and it scared the shit of out me.
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he was doing 150 MPH apparently lol
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Where's the video?
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So is this event open to any car or is this something that Subaru sponsors? Cause I could see other stock cars beat the STI time.
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Where's the video?
I embedded it, so if it doesn't work for some reason...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jSYiU-JdRw

And yes he was doing ~150mph. That corner I believe has a recommended speed of 20mph when the TT is over. I could be mistaken however...
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So is this event open to any car or is this something that Subaru sponsors? Cause I could see other stock cars beat the STI time.
it's mostly a motorbike event - the island is pretty famous in motorcycle racing, so cars don't bother. there has been a top gear episode there though, with an aston, a porsche and bmw 6 series if i remember correctly

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Jeremy also reviewed the BMW M3 CSL (E46) on the Isle of Man.
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it's mostly a motorbike event - the island is pretty famous in motorcycle racing, so cars don't bother. there has been a top gear episode there though, with an aston, a porsche and bmw 6 series if i remember correctly

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Ok thanks. So this is just something that Subaru has kinda done on their own I guess.
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Isle of Mann just celebrated their 100yr anniversary too



Damn I want this helmet!


Not bad for a car!
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Not bad for a cager!
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Gesshhh that STI is fast.
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Exclamation Update

Mark Higgens managed 19 minutes 33.47 seconds on his last run on the Isle of Man TT for a average of 115mph, he managed to get 162mph out of the STI on Sulby Straight. Fantastic driving, much respect!

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Here's what it looked like from a bystander coming down the hill to where he nearly crashed (don't get to see the action ). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBqc4CqaEOo

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Those are some brave people standing along the road like that.. I've seen too many slip ups to trust even pro drivers. Nice vids though.
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