We can't wait to see the high-speed action with sound.
Subaru returned to the Isle of Man’s 60.72 kilometre Snaefell Mountain Course this year in an effort to cut even more time off its previous record. The brand succeeded with an impressive run in just 17 minutes and 35.139 seconds, which easily beat 2014’s time of 19:15.88. Unfortunately unless you were actually roadside to watch the lap, the only way to get a glimpse of it has been from a handful of short videos. ProDrive, which built the highly modified STI, has finally changed that by releasing some raw video of the attempt.
The video mixes together in-car footage, shots from a helicopter, and clips from points along the course. The result is exciting and shows how hard driver Mark Higgins pushes to set his new record. Since this is still raw video, the audio cuts out occasionally, though.
While the clip is impressive, consider this just a taste of what’s to come. According to ProDrive, it is now working on a fully edited version, which would presumably show the entire lap with sound. We can’t wait to see the whole thing.
Subaru has become increasingly serious about cutting its lap time around the Isle of Man. In 2011, it brought a mostly stock STI with some necessary safety modifications. The one in 2014 also had an upgraded suspension. ProDrive went wild this year by tuning the sedan’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine to 600 horsepower.