We live in a fantastic time for lightweight sports cars. If your pockets are deep enough, cheaper carbon fiber and more extensive use of aluminum has allowed for less weight and improved handling for performance cars. Vehicles like BAC Mono take this featherweight mantra to the extreme.

Sector111 of Southern California became the sole US distributor of the Mono in 2012, and it builds the track day specials from complete knock-down kits. The company has a history with British specialty sports cars, having started by making performance parts for the Lotus Elise and Exige and becoming a US dealer for the Ariel Atom. Its next goal is to build its own car inspired by these minimalist rides.

The Mono is basically an open-wheel formula car for the road. The single-seater weighs just 1,190 pounds and is powered by a Cosworth-built 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 280 horsepower yoked to a six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox. The company claims that it will hit 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds and prices start at equally breathtaking $200,000.

Scroll down to check out the video of the first Mono built in the States in action, and get inside the head of Sector111 CEO Shinoo Mapleton.


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      Shahul
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sploosh.... Goddam I love this car... I have a Lotus Exige now... but man I love this thing. Dream garage... ML63 AMG to tow my BAC mono...
      Robb
      • 10 Months Ago
      This seems like it would be the closest ride to a F1 street machine we could experience. I love that start up procedure from the info screen, start button then gloves, harness, and scroll through the screen to check temps, visor down then click in gear and go! I can only imagine the view and feel on a good twisty road man what a cool car I really want to drive one now! Good for them for importing them that's awesome!
      montegod7ss
      • 10 Months Ago
      I imagine that would be pretty boring on the street at anything less than twice the speed limit. Driving the balls off a slow car is much more fun that putting around in a fast car. For a track car I'm sure it's great, but for $200k it's in the price range of some pretty serious track cars.
        Shahul
        • 10 Months Ago
        @montegod7ss
        Yea I mean this is a track car ... but you are 100% correct about more fun driving a slow car fast than a fast car slow... Ragging a fiesta st around is better than being in traffic in an aventador...or a dentist cruising the hwy at 65mph in a F430...lol.. for $200k you can get a 911 turboS, a GT3, a R8 v10, a C7 z06, etc etc.... but nothing will give you the track thrills that this will
      • 10 Months Ago
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      Rick C.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Street legal?
        TIMMAH!
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        Is this "street legal" because it's considered a kit car?
        methos1999
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        Technically yes, I believe in most states you have to register it as a kit car.
      Joel Pelley
      • 10 Months Ago
      Personally I think that is just nuts. For a fraction of the cost, you can have an Ariel Atom 3 http://www.arielatom.com/ that is likely just as fun to drive and seats 2. For $200K I could think of so many more cars I'd buy well before this thing. It is an engineering feat to be sure, but absolutely doesn't have a market of very many units at $200K.
        ferps
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Joel Pelley
        considering that the owner is an Ariel distributor, he may know a thing or two about the differences between the two.
        Shahul
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Joel Pelley
        love the atom, but from everything i have seen, it is twitchy...especially compared to the mono... I love em both, but for similar prices to a v8 atom, id take the mono... something about "you and the machine"...no co pilot
      Phontsolo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Absolutely love this thing.
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