Sending a Subaru WRX STI down an 113-year-old bobsled run is not something that most people would ever think of doing. But Mark Higgins isn’t most people. He’s the current four-wheeled record holder at the Isle of Man TT, which is one of the gnarliest race courses in the entire world. So pinballing back and forth between massive ice walls should be a walk in the park for the talented driver.
The vehicle of choice for this stunt is the Prodrive Subaru WRX STI, the same one used in the 2015 Isle of Man race. But in order for it to be even remotely safe, and physically able, the Subie had to go through extensive modifications. First and foremost is the reinforcing required to handle the pinball effect. They tried using rubber bumpers installed on each corner of the car to help, but those were immediately ripped off the first day. The STI was also fitted with safety nets in the event that Higgins ended up on his side during the run. To prevent getting a blowout at the worst possible time, it also was equipped with special anti-puncture tires that are banned by the WRC. They are super skinny and are loaded with spikes to help provide traction on the icy surface.
Even with all the preparation and expectations that it was going to be a rough ride, I doubt Higgins had any idea it would be as rough as it actually was. So sit back and watch this wild ride that you’ve surely never seen anything like it before.