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BAC Mono
BAC have set out to answer childhood, teenage, and adult dream of being at the controls of a formula car. The BAC Mono is an exclusive, lightweight, ultra-high performance, road legal supercar designed and manufactured using the latest racing technology.
Challenging convention

 

BAC’s team know every one of their customers by name says the mission page of the BAC Mono website. It sets out pretty clearly the benchmark for what the Briggs Automotive Company what to create with their car; a new benchmark in overall satisfaction by virtue of the quality of the product, attitude, and service offered by their company.

BAC have set out to answer childhood, teenage, and adult dream of being at the controls of a formula car. The BAC Mono is an exclusive, lightweight, ultra-high performance, road legal supercar designed and manufactured using the latest racing technology.

Challenging convention, BAC set about to design a blank-canvas single-seat road car. The bodywork exposes enough of the mechanical under-pinnings to echo its formula-racing influence. BAC say the design aesthetic is intended to combine sculpted, sleek, organic forms to provide an emotional, human connection juxtaposing the technical, mechanical elements of the car.

Of course, to ensure the formula-inspired experience is complete, Mono is powered by longitudinally-mounted 2.5 litre, 305 bhp four-cylinder power plant coupled to a Formula 3 spec 6-speed sequential gearbox from Hewland. Configured in a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive gearbox arrangement, the Hewland FTR-200 provides suspension and body take-up points and represents nearly a third of the overall chassis length of the car. is a fully-adjustable pushrod suspension with damping elements made by SACHS Racing. The Mono weighs just 580kg, meaning it offers a supreme power-to-weight ratio, and gets from 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 170mph.

The transmission is one of the main touch-points between the driver and the engine. The Hewland FTR-200 is a sequential-shift racing box with gears selected by paddle-shift lever’s behind the wheel. The clutch pedal is needed only when pulling away or selecting reverse; once you’re into first and rolling, no clutch is needed, up or down. The pneumatic system uses compressed air to operate an actuator cylinder that “punches” up and down through the gearbox. The results are ‘like nothing else’ as you can experience by watching the Evo magazine video (we may be biased but just listen to those crisp shifts).

Top Gear called it ‘An astonishing thing. As convincing a ‘race car for the road’ as we’ve ever driven.’

The Mono is inspired by the world of extreme sports, and designed to cater for those who want the very best equipment for the sport of driving. BAC offers the opportunity to personalise the Mono to make it truly theirs, meaning everyone who owns one gets to add their own personal challenge to road-car convention.

Dressed for Success

Hewland provided a special finish to the FTR-200 transmission to add to the aesthetic experience of the BAC Mono
FTR-200

The Business End of Things

The Formula 3-derived gearbox used in the Mono helps deliver it’s shattering performance
BAC Mono Rear
Hewland provided a special finish to the FTR-200 transmission to add to the aesthetic experience of the BAC Mono.
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