Isle of Man TT 2016: Rally driver Mark Higgins targets record
Manx rally driver Mark Higgins will attempt to break his own TT lap record at this year's event, organisers have said.
The three-time British Rally champion set the current record for a lap of the 37.75-mile (60.7km) course in 2014.
Driving the 2015 Subaru WRX STI he completed his lap in 19 minutes and 15 seconds - an average speed of 117.510 mph.
The 44-year-old said he will be looking to "take things up a notch" in 2016.
Higgins will again team up with Subaru but with the full backing of UK-based Motorsport and technology company Prodrive.
A spokesman for Prodrive, who are designing and making the car, said they have developed a "special, one-off, Subaru Impreza WRX STI" for the record attempt.
Higgins said: "It's always a great honour to return to the Isle of Man and to have the privilege of driving on a closed road on the TT Course.
"It is one of the most demanding tracks for a number of different reasons, but in teaming up with Prodrive I believe that we can take things up a notch again."
He will attempt to break the record for a third time on 10 June.
|TT course lap records|
|Category||Rider||Time||Machine||Average Speed (mph)||Year|
|Motorbike||John McGuinness||17:03.567||Honda CBR1000RR||132.701||2015|
|Electric bike||John McGuinness||18:58.743||Mugen Shinden||119.279||2015|
|Car||Mark Higgins||19:15.888||Subaru WRX STI||117.510||2014|
|Sidecar||Dave Molyneux andBenjamin Binns||19:23.056||DMR Suzuki 600 Sidecar||116.785||2015|