Watch Mark Higgins smash Isle of Man TT record

Cess

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On the RMS Blog: In 2014, Mark Higgins set the fastest ever four-wheeled lap round the Isle of Man TT Circuit. On Saturday, Higgins blew his existing lap record to smithereens. He posted an incredible average speed of 126.971mph, setting a time of 17 minutes 49 seconds. In near perfect conditions yesterday (Tuesday), Higgins shaved a further 14 seconds from that he previous best lap...(Read the Full Article Here)



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davecoupe

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Pretty amazing that Miggins is on a pace similar to the SuperSport and Superstock bikes and its brilliant that someone has finally got a chance to have a go at it in a properly prepared car rather than his previous efforts.

It would be interesting to see where he is quicker and where the bikes are quicker. Obviously on the big sweepers like the Veranda on the mountain the extra grip from 2 more wheels will help but the bikes must have an advantage at places like on the Sulby straight and through Ballagh where they can go kerb to kerb and the width of the car is a disadvantage.
 

Apis

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Pretty amazing that Miggins is on a pace similar to the SuperSport and Superstock bikes and its brilliant that someone has finally got a chance to have a go at it in a properly prepared car rather than his previous efforts.

It would be interesting to see where he is quicker and where the bikes are quicker. Obviously on the big sweepers like the Veranda on the mountain the extra grip from 2 more wheels will help but the bikes must have an advantage at places like on the Sulby straight and through Ballagh where they can go kerb to kerb and the width of the car is a disadvantage.
I'd agree with this too, in fact I would think the car would be quicker on any corner, not just a fast one, but the time advantage is probably better on a fast corner, even with the bike's ability to take a better line, due to it's width.
Not knowing much about the Subaru (or these kind of cars in general) surely a car would be able to out-brake a bike by a considerable distance?
Also what kind of top speed would this car be capable of, or geared to do?
 

mn5587

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Good article and as said its good to see what a well prepared car can do. Although its amazing to think a bike you can go and buy for less than 15k can potentially go faster than a race/specifically prepared car.
 

Lyons

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Looking forward to seeing the video. I absolutely loved the previous one, found it great to watch.
 

Apis

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TT Zero bike doing 119mph average last year and probably break 120 later today at TT2016.
Need to see how a Tesla or something would compare to that.
 

weeloaney

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A thing I have wondered. Would a two wheel drive car be quicker? Thoughts?
Surely with the 600bhp that cara running it would be skipping about ok the uneven surfaces if was 2wd instead of 4wd

The grip advantage to use the avaliable power is bound to be much better with 4wd
 

stevieturbo

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Not as easy to simply say 2wd or 4wd....and I'm sure given it's all Prodrive built...it wont be a simple 4wd system at all.

Obviously Subaru have managed to wangle their way into being allowed to do this, but it'd be cool to have a time attack sort of deal with a few cars having a bash at it.

Although the previous attempts in what was mostly a road car although slower have a bit more relevance to the real world.
 

mn5587

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I doubt any of the bikes racing there cost only £15k....and I know which one I'd rather crash with !
I know, that chap was harnessed in with a fulk roll cage around him. The current superstock record is 131.2 mph by Micheal Dunlop on a CBR 1000 in 2013. superstock bikes are on road tyres on a standard road bike with indicators and number plate removed. £8k will buy u one now adays with £7k left over for any other bits you might need
 

CharlySkunkWeed

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I know, that chap was harnessed in with a fulk roll cage around him. The current superstock record is 131.2 mph by Micheal Dunlop on a CBR 1000 in 2013. superstock bikes are on road tyres on a standard road bike with indicators and number plate removed. £8k will buy u one now adays with £7k left over for any other bits you might need
7 grands worth of clean underpants is what I'd need.
 

Lyons

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I know, that chap was harnessed in with a fulk roll cage around him. The current superstock record is 131.2 mph by Micheal Dunlop on a CBR 1000 in 2013. superstock bikes are on road tyres on a standard road bike with indicators and number plate removed. £8k will buy u one now adays with £7k left over for any other bits you might need
Is a superstock the same as a superbike? Because Dunlop set a new record this year of 133.39mph.
 

mn5587

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Is a superstock the same as a superbike? Because Dunlop set a new record this year of 133.39mph.
The superbikes are full race prepped bikes with race tyres etc. it still has to be based on a standard bike though. He is flying this year!
 

zafturbo

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I know, that chap was harnessed in with a fulk roll cage around him. The current superstock record is 131.2 mph by Micheal Dunlop on a CBR 1000 in 2013. superstock bikes are on road tyres on a standard road bike with indicators and number plate removed. £8k will buy u one now adays with £7k left over for any other bits you might need
7k to pay for your funeral costs and a few rounds at the local pub.
 

Apis

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A thing I have wondered. Would a two wheel drive car be quicker? Thoughts?
I would guess if the course was all flat with no jumps and dips they could use a lower car and 2WD, I don't know...M3, 911, Ferrari, ? etc. but I suppose the advantage of a 4WD rally car is all the suspension development that's already been done for that kind of road.
 

Paddy_R

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Yeah, watched the full lap earlier. Total commitment and it looked effortless fir him. The car ran out of revs in 6th on some bits, that's 175mph. Things to work on for next time.
 
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