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.
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.
Subaru Concord Pond Run featuring Ken Block
Watch video footage of Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block and co-driver
Alex Gelsomino setting the record stage time for Concord Pond at the 2009
New England Forest Rally in their Vermont SportsCar prepared Impreza WRX
STI rally car for the Rally America National Championship series.
Subaru Rally Team USA, Rd 3 of 2011 Global RallyCross Championship
Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins drives his #75 Subaru Impreza
WRX STI rallycross car during to 2nd place at round 3 of the 2011 Global
The Global Rallycross Championship consists of 3 rounds, each scheduled at
different venues across the country, leading up to X Games 17 which will be
held within the L.A. Live complex and Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA,
scheduled for July 30-31, 2011.
2012 Sno*Drift Rally - Onboard Highlights
Ride along in the 2012 Subaru WRX STI as 2011 Rally America National
Champions David Higgins and Craig Drew pilot Subaru Rally Team USA #75
through the intensely slippery and icy conditions found at the 2012
Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan. The lack of grip was described as
unbelievable and forced the team to take many junctions at just a few miles
per hour in order to stay on the road. Despite this, their precise and
quick driving set them up with a nearly two minute lead early in the event
which they carried until the finish, winning the first event on the 2012
Rally America National Championship series.
The Sno*Drift Rally features nearly 130 miles of snow and ice-covered roads
in northern Michigan. Constantly changing weather and road conditions
historically make this rally extremely challenging made even more
treacherous as Rally America rules prohibit the use of spiked or studded
ice tires here placing a premium on road traction.
For more information on Subaru Rally Team USA visit www.subaru.com/rally
Climb - Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a Monster
Ride on the bumper of a screaming 910hp, Twin-turbo, All-wheel Drive, 150 mph Suzuki SX4 as it
races up one of the world's most dangerous hills. An attempt by the
"Monster" to break his own record of 10:01:41...
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 29, 2010) -- For the fifth consecutive time,
Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima combined experience, skill and Falken Tires to
claim overall victory in the 88th running of the Pikes Peak International
Although he did not set a new Pikes Peak record, one day before his 60th
birthday, Tajima continues to hold the current overall record for reaching
the peak, beating hill climb veterans Paul Dallenbach and Rhys Millen in
the Unlimited Class. He drove his new 910-hp Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Hill
Climb Special on Falken WildPeak A/T tires, the powerful new line of
all-terrain, all-season tires Falken launched this past April.
Following Exhaustive tests in a
Japanese wind tunnel facility, Monster's 2010 Pikes Peak race car underwent
extensive aerodynamic changes to better adapt to the modified road surface
on the race to the clouds, which assumed a smoother tarmac and less gravel
than last year. Thinning air ascending the mountain robs most motors of
their power by 30 or more percent, but the increase in horsepower over last year's
race car helped push the driver forward.
Ariel Atom V8 vs 600bhp rallycross Citroen DS3 vs BMW HP4 superbike drag race - autocar.co.uk
Which is faster? An Ariel Atom V8
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Here we have three completely different ways of going extremely quickly in
a straight line. Time for a drag race then. So what are the contenders?
There's the one-wheel drive BMW HP4 superbike, which arguably requires the
most skill to extract speed from but has a ludicrous 757bhp/tonne
power-to-weight ratio. Then there's the two-wheel drive Ariel Atom V8 with
748bhp/tonne and the Citroen DS3 Rallycross car with only 577bhp/tonne but
all-important four-wheel drive. Oh, and did we mention it's wet?
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Can a supercar beat a superbike? Can a Audi A1 outrun a Nissan GT-R on a
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DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK'S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO
DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San
Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a
focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days,
director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana
production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block's
personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and
longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on
his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also
makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet.
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WRC Rally Catalunya 2011 (HD)
Best of the WRC Rally Catalunya 2011 by Rallymedia.nl.
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World Rally Championship. (WRC)
All in professional HD quality with pure sound. All footage is made and
edited by Joost Schouten from The Netherlands.
The WRC events you can find on this channel: WRC Rally Catalunya, Wales,
Norway, Deutschland Rallye, Italia Sardinia, Portugal, Finland and
Other events are Legend Boucles de Spa, Zandvoort, TankS, OVD Short Rally
Ede, Rallye de Wallonie, Sezoensrally Bocholt, ELE Rally, Exotic Green GTC,
RallyPro Amsterdam, Hellendoorn, Rallye du Condroz and the Conrad Euregio
You can find a big variety of cars in the videos. WRC's like the Ford
Fiesta, Citroen DS3, Mini Cooper, Subaru Impreza, Citroën C4, Ford Focus,
Skoda Fabia, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla.
But also non WRC cars like: Ford Fiesta S2000, Mitsubishi Lancer, BMW 1M,
BMW M3, BMW 130i, BMW 325i, Porsche 911, Nissan 350Z, Opel Astra, Peugeot
205, Volvo 240, Opel Kadett, Ford Escort, Renault Clio and many more.
Travis Pastrana sets record for Mt. Washington hillclimb
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The 149-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road has seen the likes of horses and
carriages, camels, people, bicycles and most famously, competition race
cars. On September 8th, Traveling at an average speed of nearly 72mph in a
Vermont SportsCar prepared, BFGoodrich Tires-shod 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
STI rally car, four-time Rally America National Champion Travis Pastrana
made sure the project name, Red Bull Speed Chasers, lived up to its name.
He reached the summit faster than
anyone else in history by clocking an officially timed run of 6 minutes
20.47 seconds, besting the previous record by more than twenty seconds.
Jiggy Jiggy HANDLED.