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Scooby snacks on Isle of Man lap record

By Barry Park, 05 Jun 2014 News

Scooby snacks on Isle of Man lap record

Tweaked Subaru WRX STI smashes IoM TT four-wheel lap record

SUBARU has smashed its own record for a hot lap at the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, although it is still well off the pace of the two-wheeled lap record set last year.

The Japanese car maker this week pointed a semi-production version of its 221kW/407Nm turbocharged 2.5-litre WRX STI at the street-based 60km-long Mountain Course, punting it around in a tidy 19min 26sec, flogging the record set in the previous-generation STI in 2011 by just over half a minute.

British rally champion and Isle of Man local Mark Higgins piloted the firebrand Scooby around the track to post an average speed of 116mph (187km/h), and a top speed of more than 160mph (257km/h).

However, that’s still well shy of the two-wheeled record of 17min 11.6sec set last year by John McGuinness riding a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. Despite having less rubber on the road, McGuinness’ average speed was significantly higher (131.7mph, 212km/h) than Higgins’.

Modifications made to the WRX STI included springs and dampers that were modified to minimise damage from the big bumps and jumps that make up the circuit, a rollcage and racing harness, fire extinguisher and more sticky ultra-high performance road tyres.