Συνήθως ασχολούμαστε το τι χρόνο πετυχαίνουν τα αυτοκίνητα στο Nurburgring αλλά η Subaru μας θύμισε την διαδρομή στη νήσο Man (aka Isle of Man). Το νησί βρίσκεται ανάμεσα στην Μεγάλη Βρετανία και την Ιρλανδία και εκεί υπάρχει ένας από τους πιο εντυπωσιακούς δρόμους του κόσμους

Κάθε χρόνο γίνεται εκεί ένας αγώνας με την διαδρομή να έχει συνολικό μήκος 60.8 χλμ. Μηχανές προσπαθούν να γυρίσουν όσο γρηγορότερα μπορούν με τους περισσότερους να γράφουν χρόνους κάτω των 18 λεπτών. Το 1990, ο Tony Pond ήταν ο πρώτος που με ένα Rover 827 Vitesse είχε πιάσει μέση ωριαία ταχύτητα μεγαλύτερη των 160 χλμ/ώρα και είχε πετύχει χρόνο μικρότερο των 21 λεπτών.

Η Subaru αποφάσισε να σπάσει το ρεκόρ και έτσι έστειλε ένα Impreza WRX STI sedan και με οδηγό τον Mark Higgins ο οποίος συνέθλιψε το ρεκόρ κατά δύο ολόκληρα λεπτά αφού έγραψε χρόνο 19:56.7 με μέση ωριαία ταχύτητα 182 χλμ/ώρα. Ο Higgins δήλωσε:

Πετυχαίνοντας το ρεκόρ ήταν συνάμα το πιο απολαυστικό αλλά και το πιο τρομακτικό πράγμα που έχω κάνει ποτέ.

Περισσότερες δηλώσεις και λεπτομέρειες στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.

[Πηγή: Subaru]

Δελτίο Τύπου

SUBARU SMASHES ISLE OF MAN LAP RECORD WITH STANDARD WRX STI

The long-standing road-car lap record for the Isle of Man TT circuit has been comprehensively smashed in a production-spec Subaru WRX STI saloon. In his very first run around the challenging 37.8-mile course, former British Rally Champion Mark Higgins posted a blistering lap time of 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, translating to an average speed of 113mph. The peak speed achieved during the lap was 162mph.

Higgins’ time is more than two minutes faster than the previous record, set by the late Tony Pond 21 years ago to the day (on 6 June 1990), at the wheel of an Rover 827 Vitesse. Pond was the first to break the average 100mph barrier in a road car, and his lap record has stood ever since.

The TT event organisers gave Higgins just one lap to conduct his record attempt in the car, and there was no opportunity to carry out high speed practice runs.

The WRX STI used for the record breaking run was a standard Subaru production car, equipped with a 300PS Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine, unmodified brake callipers and with road-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres. Springs and dampers were adjusted to minimise any potential damage when the car encountering the various bumps and jumps at high speed along the course.

In recognition of the speeds involved, and the fact that there are little or no crash barriers around most of the TT road circuit, the WRX STI was fitted with some essential safety enhancements. These included an MSA-specification T45 integrated roll cage, TRS race harnesses and a Lifeline extinguisher system. To help forewarn spectators of the presence of the oncoming car, the Subaru team also fitted the WRX STI with a high-decibel exhaust.

“Setting the record was both the most exhilarating and the most frightening thing I have ever done,” explains Higgins, whose career as a driver in the British and World Rally Championships hasn’t exactly been short of excitement. “The rules allow for a flying start, so I crossed the line at 125mph. I then went down through the Bray Hill junction – normally taken at around 20mph – at over 150mph. Once that tricky section was out of the way I settled into the lap and quickly got used to the balance and sheer pace of the car.

“In the end the lap was simply fantastic, and the WRX STI behaved impeccably,” explains Higgins. “That we managed to set such an impressive time at our first attempt is a great tribute to the Subaru, especially given that so few modifications have been made. The engine pulled incredibly strongly throughout and the cornering capability proved crucial on such a twisty, unforgiving course.”

The TT crowds got fully behind the record attempt, reports Higgins. “The atmosphere out on the circuit was incredible, especially once the spectators heard over the PA system that we were in the process of setting a new record. I could hear the cheers in the car and it really added to the experience.”

The WRX STI is currently available from all Subaru dealers with free satellite navigation and a free power upgrade, taking the power output to a blistering 320PS – more than enough, no doubt, to break the Isle of Man record yet again.

The outright lap record on the TT course was set in 2009 by John McGuinness on a Honda CBR1000RR ‘Fireblade’ motorcycle. McGuinness posted a time of 17 minutes and 12.3 seconds, equivalent to an average speed of 131mph.

  • cfu

    Paradisos to Isle of Man
    den exei eforia!!!!!
    den mporoume na ginoume kai emeies etsi??

    kai exei kataplitikes didromes kai dromous gia odigisei
    O agonas TT einai para poly sinarpastikos kai oraios me poly theama
    kati kseri pou ekei menei o JC den plironi kai eforia to simantikotero

  • Phaethon

    link για video υπάρχει??

    • δεν βγήκε κάτι μέχρι στιγμής

  • cfu

    vrika kati alla einai liga sec

  • mp4-18

    re gamoto den ginete na to kanoyn k pio omorfo????

    • δεν λες παλι καλα που του ξαναβαλαν κωλο και ισιωσε????τα δυο πιο ωραια ιμπρεζα ειναι Νο2 το δικο μου gt (το τοποιο το πηρα προσφατα 1500 ευρω αλλα θελει επισκευεσ κανα 1000αρικο οποτε προς το παρον γκαραζ)και Νο1 του 2007 το facelift με το 2.5λιτρο μποξερ….

      στο πρωτο βιντεο το βαλε αερα παντως….