Enthusiasts Cheshire-born brothers Neill and Ian Briggs have released their BAC Mono, an unique single-seat track-day toy developed by BAC (Briggs Automotive Company).
Mono (as in monoposto, or single seat) was designed to bring formula race car levels of handling, performance and thrill to the public road, but it’s also the perfect trackday tool, racing school car, one-make series racer, etc. At 520bhp/ton, its power to weight ratio surpasses that of the Bugatti Veyron and it can accelerate to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds, 100mph in 6.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 170mph.
Its aerodynamics were optimised using CFD in partnership with Stuttgart University. The vehicle is constructed in carbon fiber with a tubular steel driver safety cell, complete with FIA-compliant roll over protection system – similar in concept to a DTM race car.
Power comes from a 280bhp, normally-aspirated 2.3 liter Cosworth unit mounted longitudinally and mated to an electronically-controlled, paddle-shift, six-speed sequential Hewland transmission with limited-slip differential. The rose-jointed, aero profiled pushrod suspension features adjustable Sachs Racing dampers derived from the heat of competition.
The braking is by AP Racing, the bespoke HRT alloy wheels by OZ Racing, the purpose-developed, street-legal track tyres by Kumho, and the vehicle electronics and instrumentation by GEMS.
The driver is secured by a full six-point racing harness by Willans and there is a secure locker in which to store a helmet and the detachable steering wheel when parked. The seat is fixed and optimum weight distribution (48/52 front to rear), and drivers of varying shapes and sizes can be readily accommodated thanks to the fully adjustable pedal box and steering column that can be altered for both height and rake. There is even the option of an F1-style fully-profiled seat.
At £ 79,950 (including UK taxes), the BAC MONO is not only fast but also affordable.