Mark Higgins is not a sane man. How else could you possibly explain the rally driver’s blatant disregard of fiery, cataclysmic death as he set a new automobile lap record of 19 minutes and 37 seconds around the Isle of Man? To call this video epic is an understatement, and I’d put it in the top 10 motorsport videos of all time; my only regret is that it doesn’t cover Higgins’ entire lap around the island. Don’t miss his recounting of a 150 mile per hour “incident” with a journalist in the car, where any driver with less than god-like car handling ability would have reduced the Subaru STI to flaming wreckage.
Higgins, who’s from the Isle of Man, described the incident as follows:
“This is one of the most daunting tracks I have ever driven, and the most terrifying. 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.”
I’ll get in a car with any pro driver on a racetrack, but I’d have to take a pass on lapping the Isle of Man as a passenger. Enjoy the video below.