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.