Some people do their job so well that all you can do is sit back and marvel at their skill, and perhaps display just a hint of jealousy.
British Rally champion Mark Higgins is one such individual. Driving the dangerous 37.7 miles Isle of Man circuit, which requires vast levels of concentration, cool and a hefty dose of skill behind the wheel, Higgins bettered his own record by tearing around the circuit in a time of 17:25.139s, at times reaching eye-watering speeds of 175mph (281km/h). For reference, a jetliner will generally take-off between 150 to 180mph.
Higgins was at the wheel of a specially designed Subaru WRX STI (which cost around €631,000), tailored to go around the TT circuit, with an engine tuned to output 600bhp, with 0-100km/h in a mere 2.6 seconds, topping out at 289km/h.
His average speed around the Snaefell Mountain Course, which has claimed the lives of 252 people since 1911 (including four killed in 2016 alone) was a blistering 128.7mph. What’s almost even more incredulous is Higgins’ calm demeanor as he narrates some fairly hair-raising manoeuvres.
I’d say sit back and relax as you watch the video, but your fingernails might get a little trim.