Subaru of America, Inc. has released a new YouTube video of the 2011 Subaru WRX STI setting an all-time course record for the historic Isle of Man TT Mountain Course. The 5 minute 25 second video highlights in graphic detail the speed and drama surrounding rally driver Mark Higgins' lap that averaged 115.356 MPH. After the run, Higgins talks through the "moment" at Brey Hill when he momentarily loses, and then regains, control of the WRX STI at more than 150 MPH.
Driving a US specification 2011 Subaru WRX STI, Higgins achieved speeds of 162 MPH and a lapped time of 19 minutes 37 seconds over the 37-mile track, navigating more than 200 corners.
"This is one of the most daunting tracks I have ever driven, and the most terrifying," said Higgins, a Manx native. "We were only able to get two practice runs and on our second practice I had the biggest "moment" of my career. We had a passenger on the run and so coming into Bray Hill at more than 150 MPH, the extra weight compressed the suspension more than on previous runs and shifted the Subaru to the left and then right as I corrected--it was a real tank slapper. The whole thing went by so quickly that we never slowed below 110 MPH, and then we were back on the power. It was amazing and the helicopter shots really show just how hairy it really was."
The WRX STI was a production US spec car running a standard 305 HP turbocharged boxer engine. Some safety modifications were made. The Subaru was equipped with a Lifeline fire suppression system, Hockley Motorsports roll cage, motordrive competition seats, Mintex brake pads (but stock calipers and rotors), and a louder open Exhaust to warn spectators of the on-coming car. The speed limiter was turned off to allow a higher maximum speed; off-the shelf Tien springs and dampers were added to accommodate the numerous high-speed jumps on the circuit, sending the WRX STI almost four feet off the ground. The car ran on street legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires.
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Launch Control: Final Showdown between Higgins and Block at LSPR Rally - Episode 14
Launch Control - Episode 14: In The End, Part 2 (2013 Season Finale)
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With an unbroken string of podium finishes, Subaru Rally Team USA has lead
the Rally America championship for the majority of the season. However,
with the competition stepping up their game and only two events remaining,
the points gap has tightened. Hanging dust, power steering failure, and
injuries to David Higgins at the penultimate event have put the Subaru team
into damage control. Their ability to finish the event is now in question,
but with bandages and ice David Higgins refuses to give up valuable
championship points and finishes the Ojibwe Rally. The final rally will be
a winner-take-all battle royale.
Houghton, Michigan. Home of the Lake Superior Performance Rally - the final
and deciding round of the twenty-thirteen Rally-America Championship. This
is the closest championship race in years, and both sides have claimed
their intention to win.
The air of calm confidence and smiles is just a mask hiding the intense
emotion and pressure these teams are facing. Ken Block and Ford must win to
take the championship. Higgins and Subaru need to get in their way.
As the cars arrive at the start of the first stage, the usual friendly
banter and socializing is gone. The teams stick to themselves and focus on
the task at hand.
The speed is immense and the two teams trade seconds back and forth all
weekend. Higgins and Drew in the Subaru dominate on the night stages to
take an overnight lead, putting the pressure on Block to chase on Day 2.
One team will end up finishing the rally, the other does not.
It's a fight to the final hours of the 2013 championship season. Will
Subaru Rally Team USA receive a trophy or a handshake?
This is everything it takes to win. This is everything that gets in the way
of victory. This is launch control.
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High-speed ride with Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins at STPR 2012
Ride inside the cockpit and on the front bumper with David Higgins and
Craig Drew in their Subaru Rally Team USA STI as they race flat out through
the forest stages of Pennsylvania's STPR Rally. Watch more videos at
Subaru driver David Higgins completed the biggest comeback of his career to
finish second overall on the sinuous and technical dirt roads of
Pennsylvania's 2012 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR), round
four of six in the 2012 Rally America National Championship. Higgins
dropped over three minutes to the leaders after a mechanical problem struck
his Subaru on the event's first stage dropping him down to 13th Overall.
With his BFGoodrich-tires shod Subaru WRX STI fully repaired for STPR's
second and much longer day of rallying, Higgins pushed hard and climbed the
leaderboard, finding himself on the podium at the finish. The strong
result retains Higgins' substantial lead in the 2012 Rally America
Championship standings and puts him within a handful of points of securing
his second straight Rally America crown with two events still remaining.