British rally driver Mark Higgins, who was also a leading stunt driver in the James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, smashed the Isle of Man TT lap record in a specially modified Subaru WRX STI earlier this month.
The video above gives you a fantastic idea of just how fast and unforgiving the circuit is as Higgins throws his Scooby Doo about at speeds up to 162 mph, finishing with a lap time of 19 minutes and 37 seconds over the 37 mile course.
His attempt wasn’t without a ‘hairy’ moment which occurred on Bray Hill, a quote from the official video’s YouTube page explains:
“This is one of the most daunting tracks I have ever driven, and the most terrifying,” said Higgins, a Manx native. “We were only able to get two practice runs and on our second practice I had the biggest “moment” of my career. We had a passenger on the run and so coming into Bray Hill at more than 150 MPH, the extra weight compressed the suspension more than on previous runs and shifted the Subaru to the left and then right as I corrected–it was a real tank slapper. The whole thing went by so quickly that we never slowed below 110 MPH, and then we were back on the power. It was amazing and the helicopter shots really show just how hairy it really was.”
Thanks to Gregor on Facebook for the tip.