Subaru has teamed up with tyre manufacturer Dunlop in its bid to break the lap record on four wheels around the iconic Isle of Man TT Mountain course.
The current record stands at 117.510mph – in a time of 19m 15.88s – set two years ago and Subaru is firing its WRX STi car, developed by Subaru America and Prodrive, with three-time British Rally Champion Mark Higgins at the wheel.
Higgins will use Dunlop's medium compound car tyre currently used in the British Touring Car Championship.
Hoping for ideal weather conditions to attack the record attempt, organisers have given Subaru three shots at it on a closed road, on Saturday 4th, Monday 6th and Saturday 10th June.
“We're delighted to be working with Subaru and Prodrive again to try and break our previous record which was set on our road legal tyres,” Dunlop motorsport's James Bailey said.
“The Sport Maxx BTCC tyres have been developed from our on-track tyre competition so it is fitting to see them help push the Subaru to the limits at the event where we are in tyre wars on two wheels.
“Tyre performance is going to be key to achieving a new record and the features that we have designed into the BTCC tyre should work well. We have chosen the medium compound to offer the best combination of performance and durability which will help maintain peak performance levels around the very long lap.”