Topping out on the Isle of Man

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.

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