A video of the new 2015 Subaru WRX STI’s setting a new lap record at the 37-mile Isle of Man TT Course has been released by Subaru of America, Inc. The US-spec 2015 WRX STi driven by Mark Higgins completed the course with an average lap speed of 117.510 mph and a time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds, breaking of 115.36-mph record set in 2011 by a WRX STI.
Higgins remarked that seeing the video provides an insight into what it was like to drive the “course flat out.” He quipped that the build up to the lap was very intense. He said that he learns more every lap he takes. He added he was able to perform a cleaner lap during the final run. “I hope everyone enjoys the video.”
The video can be vewed Subaru of America’s YouTube channel. The carmaker is set to publish a new video on June 25, showing a full, unedited in-car driver point of view of the entire record lap, plus commentary.
The US-spec 2015 WRX STI used in the record lap was fitted with an FIA-spec roll-cage, racing seat and harness, fire suppression system and modified springs and dampers.
The 2015 Subaru WRX STI was also equipped with also featured Dunlop Direzza tires and a high decibel straight exhaust for crowd safety. The vehicle completed the course sans speed limiter.
The record-setting event occurred under full, closed road race conditions. The video of the record-setting run has so far received almost 4 million views. Higgins remarked that setting the record was both the “most exhilarating and the most frightening thing” has done.
2015 Subaru WRX STI now looks more aggressive on the road, thanks to a bolder front design as defined by the so-called "nose-cone" configuration. This layout essentially combines the grille and bumper cap into a single unit ahead of the aluminum bonnet. The hexagonal grille is flanked by narrower headlights which look like the eyes of a raptor, as made more powerful by employing LED low-beam headlamps as standard.
Serving as identifying features of the Subaru WRX STI are its special hood, bumpers, headlights and taillight clusters, fenders, doors and quarters. Just like its predecessors, the new WRX STI comes with a functional – and deeper -- hood scoop that directs fresh air to the intercooler.
The 2015 Subaru WRX STI also comes with other details that emphasize its performance-oriented nature, like the fog light surrounds with a carbon fiber-like pattern as well as front fender vents with a mesh screen. Of course, the new 2015 WRX STI is provided with a full aerodynamic body package that includes a large trunk spoiler. Further signature elements include the LED taillights, LED center high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) and rear diffuser.
For the 2015 WRX STI, Subaru employed more high-tensile steel on its body structure than its predecessor and has a number of special stiffening elements at key locations. Thanks to a stiffer chassis, the WRX STI offers very responsive steering. With a 13.0:1 steering ratio, the WRX STI delivers quick 2.5 turns lock-to-lock, compared to standard WRX’s 14.5:1 and 2.8.