Pikes Peak not being enough for them apparently, Subaru of America have announced that the company intend to make yet another record attempt on the legendary and sacred Isle of Man TT Course, this time with rally driver Mark Higgins. Higgins will drive an all-new 2016 Subaru WRX STI time attack car that was jointly developed by Subaru of America and Prodrive, with technical assistance provided by Subaru Tecnica International (that’s the STI part). The new car is purpose built for the Isle of Man TT Course.
“We are excited to be back and running on the Isle of Man TT course,” said Dominick Infante, National Manager of Product Communications, Subaru of America. “This is one of the most amazing road courses in the world and the Isle of Man TT is one of the most exciting races of the year. We have previously run the TT Course in near-stock versions of the WRX STI, but this year we set out to design the ultimate car for this circuit.”
For 2016, Subaru decided to create a purpose-built car that could tackle the arduous TT circuit, which is similar in style to both the Nürburgring Nordschleife and Le Mans in the sense of the demands it puts on suspension and engines. It called upon the joint expertise of Prodrive for the design and build, and Subaru Technica International for technical assistance. Both have an extensive history in building and designing winning cars.
Prodrive and Subaru have won three World Rally Championship Manufacturer titles together and three World Rally Championship driver titles. Prodrive also has experience running team Aston Martin in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24-Hour race. STI has experience designing great road course cars, designing the class-winning 2015 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race winner.
In 2014, Subaru broke its own previous lap record around the fabled thirty seven mile course, with an average lap speed of 117.51mph and a time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds. The previous record of 115.36mph was set in 2011, also in a WRX STI.