2016 Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man Time Attack CarEnlarge Photo
Subaru has taken the wraps off of the WRX STI racer it will send to the Isle of Man for a record attempt around the island's challenging TT course.
The automaker has once again turned to Manx rally driving legend Mark Higgins for the attempt. Higgins holds two records, most recently a 19:15.88 attempt at an average speed of 117 mph for the 37.73-mile course.
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The new STI time attack car is a little more serious than a stock WRX STI, however. It was jointly developed between Subaru and Prodrive, and the Japanese automaker turned to its Subaru Technica International arm for additional technical assistance.
The WRX STI time attack car was developed especially for the Isle of Man record attempt. Although Subaru is remaining mum for now on specific technical details, it is clear the time attack car has a bespoke aerodynamics kit including a large rear wing and a low splitter integrated into its front bumper.
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The course itself is on rutted terrain that makes it a massive challenge for developing a suspension capable of both absorbing the pockmarked pavement and providing high levels of grip.
Subaru has also now unveiled the car's livery, which makes good use of the three-legged emblem that serves as the tiny island's mascot.
Watch the insanity of Higgins' setting of the previous record in the video below.