• Mar 18th 2011 at 7:24PM
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Maybe we watched too much A-Team when we were kids, but we just love it when a plan comes together. That's especially true when the plan involves an open-cockpit, single-seat racer like the BAC Mono. Designed specifically to put hardware like the KTM X-Bow, Ariel Atom and the whole Caterham bunch in their proper places, the Mono features a carbon fiber skin draped over a space-frame steel cell. The bodywork is slick as can be, but it pales in comparison to the fact that this beast is powered by a 2.3-liter Cosworth four-pot with 280 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

Considering the Mono tips the scales at a feathery 1,190 pounds, that should be more than enough pep to widen your eyes. The sad part? Briggs Automotive Company is only planning to hem 35 examples of the Mono. Of course, with a price tag of £67,000 pounds, we'd have more than a little trouble getting our hands on one even if we knew which palms to grease. BAC has been so kind as to release full specs on the machine as well as a volley of photos of the production model.


Hit the jump for the full read.

UPDATE: Following a communication with BAC, we've stricken the reference to the 35-example limit on Mono production, as the automaker has pointed out that is not the case.

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Enthusiasts the world over dream of designing and building their own car. What set the Cheshire-born brothers Neill and Ian Briggs apart from most, is that they had the automotive qualifications and experience to do just that, and put the result into production for others to enjoy – enter the BAC MONO.

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 520 bhp / ton, its power to weight ratio surpasses that of the Bugatti Veyron and it can accelerate to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 6.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 170 mph. The car is also an object of engineering perfection and desire, courtesy of the Briggs brothers' 15 years experience of the motor industry, during which time they've handled design and engineering consultancy projects for the likes of Ford Motor Company, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, through their company Adaptive Space.

Of British conception, MONO combines the very best of all automotive worlds. Its aerodynamics were optimised using CFD in partnership with Stuttgart University, while its list of suppliers reads like a Who's Who of the international motorsport industry. The vehicle is constructed in carbon fibre 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 280 bhp, normally-aspirated 2.3-litre 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 bespokeHRT 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 for safety 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.

Said Ian Briggs (BAC stands for Briggs Automotive Company): "MONO is the culmination of a 12-year dream for us – the car we wanted to own but nobody else made." Neill Briggs added: "All cars are built to order on a first-come, first-served basis and our flexible production facility has the capacity to manufacture between 50 and 100 vehicles per year – or more if demand requires. All I can currently say is, the early response has been extremely encouraging."

At £79,950(including UK taxes), the BAC MONO is not only highly desirable but eminently affordable. For further details, log onto www.bac-mono.com.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Formula SAE car with a splitter and a real engine:

      • 4 Years Ago
      Great and all for the track, but without a passenger seat you are riding solo.
      I do love how it looks, but considering it's being touted as a road going version, i'd like to be able to have at least one passenger to impress or scare the crap out of.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they'll come out with a tandem seat version with a canopy, for more practical use than trackdays.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the ultimate little track toy that reasonably approachable by amateur racers I think they will sell all they can make
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was thinking a few days ago that this would be a great platform for a mid-engine, rear drive 3 rotor wankel rotary engine.

      Turbocharged Mazda 20B, with a sequential gearbox transaxle behind it sounds about right for this vehicle.

      The daily-driver drawbacks of a rotary would be moot with a race car like this, and the compactness, light weight, and sky-high redline would be well suited.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, I really want this one.... Why couldn't they make it in larger numbers with a glassfiber body and a low princeeeeeeeyeah... :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      The first thing that was cooler then atom.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The name though... tell a chick at the club you have a 'BAC Mono' and you'll go home 'mono'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who needs chicks when beeing able to have the joy to drive this machine
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's also got one seat, so you're going home solo no matter what.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep, first car that I would sell my Atom for
      • 4 Years Ago
      Up until now I thought it was impossible to make one of these lightweights sexy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else who would be interested in a single seat lightweight car like this, only much cheaper? I’d love the speed/lightness/bang for the buck of a motorcycle coupled with four wheels and a chance of surviving a accident. I wonder if the market would support something like that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the Batmobile and a Formula 1 car got together and had a lovechild. I dig it. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You could say that they all look like each other. I mean, that's why they're in the single seater, open wheel category.

        Formula 1, the FIA backed racing series that is, could really use that front end on their cars. And the angular, non-organic lines would look nice too. My 2 cents.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Cossie-powered car as good lookin as this is just full of win. No other way to describe it.
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