Located between Great Britain and Ireland, the small Isle of Man annually hosts one of the most dangerous and thrilling motorcycle events in the world: The International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race. Although the race is entirely devoted to motorcycles, for the last several years Subaru has been coming to the course in order to challenge the four-wheel lap record. Their latest entry saw a significant improvement, beating the 2014 record by more than 100 seconds!
Taking full advantage of Prodrive’s 600BHP Subaru WRX STI, British rally driver Mark Higgins conquered the 37.73 miles long course by setting a rapid lap of 17:35.139 with an average speed of 128.730 mph on Monday. This broadly outclassed his previous record – set two days prior – of 17:49.75 with an average speed of 126.971 mph. This brings him closer to Michael Dunlop’s new motorcycle record of 16:58.254, the first Isle of Man TT course record set below 17 minutes. You can catch the action in the video above.
In addition, it seems that this year’s run was partially sponsored by the Gran Turismo series. As spotted by GTPlanet member Dionisy, the new Impreza arrived on the stage with small GT logos on both left and right side of the front bumper. Although we heard nothing of any possible Polyphony Digital involvement with Subaru’s annual tradition, we now have more reasons to believe the presence of SCEE programmers on the island two years ago wasn’t for nothing. After all, with the 20th anniversary of the GT series around the corner, what would make a better celebratory gift?
If the inclusion of the circuit receives a green light, it would be by far the largest course ever made by Polyphony Digital, surpassing both the Nürburgring 24H (15.5 miles) and Circuit de La Sierra (16.78 miles) tracks by over double the length. With or without motorcycles, the Isle of Man TT circuit would undoubtedly become a hit for Gran Turismo gamers.