The car was piloted by Mark Higgins, who came to the island to beat his own record set in the previous-generation WRX STI. He succeeded in raising the bar on his first run, before proceeding to break the new record a few days later.
Higgins’ fastest lap around the 37-mile course was completed in 19 minutes and 15 seconds, maintaining an average speed of 116.47 mph and brief moments over 160 mph.
“I can’t say enough about the new WRX STI and how much abuse it has taken as we have really ridden it hard over this course for three very fast runs and this is definitely not an easy course,” he said after the final run. “The chassis on this new car is just night and day.”
The company was also trying out a monitoring system that recorded Higgins’ breathing rate, pulse and skin temperature, along with additional race metrics such as g force.
His second run also beat the course records held by the zero-emissions and sidecar motorcycle classes.