Video: Single-Seat Sports Car Which Might Fit In Your Private Jet

BAC Mono - Single-Seat Sports Car Which Might Fit In Your Private Jet

The single-seat Formula 1 lookalike BAC Mono is a road-going sports car aimed at the super-rich, with a special version designed to withstand attack from sea-water while parked on your ocean-going yacht. It’s small enough to fit into some private jets too.

If you want to blast your way around a race-track, a single-seater makes lots of sense, but this car is designed for regular on the road use too, albeit with the mandatory safety-helmet. There’s no windscreen to protect you.

I would have thought there was a limited market for a sports car with only one-seat, but the ambitious British-based Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) begs to differ.

Not only that, the company says it has already sold out its production this year of 60 Monos and has orders for 200. It says the Mono won’t compete against cars like top of the range Ferraris. On the contrary, it will be a complement to owners who already probably have a collection of conventional supercars.

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The Mono is powered by a 2.5 litre four cylinder gasoline engine producing just over 300 hp and weighs 1,278 lbs. There’s a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox which shifts at the touch of a button. It’s built with carbon fiber composite around a steel safety cell, designed to offer maximum safety with a steel rollover structure and a front carbon “crashbox”.

Naturally, as in a Formula 1 car, you take the steering wheel with you. BAC says the Mono lapped the Formula 1 circuit in Hungary seriously faster than a Porsche 911 GT3, a Ferrari Speciale and a McLaren P1. But BAC says it’s not just its barely imaginable performance that will compel rich buyers, it’s the quality and precision of the engineering.

The BAC Mono will be on display in America later this month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which runs from August 9 until August 16. 

Source: Forbes

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Drop-top duel – Porsche 911 Turbo S versus Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Drop-top duel - Porsche 911 Turbo S versus Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is the convertible version of the British manufacturer’s best and most desirable model. But does it compare favourably to the brilliantly resolved Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet?

Sports cars that have had their roofs removed used to be sneered at my car enthusiasts because the transition from coupe to cabriolet would often add weight, remove stiffness and dent the driving experience.

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Nowadays though, companies like Porsche and Aston Martin work just as hard to get their cabriolets right as they do their coupes.

The new V12 Vantage S Roadster and 911 Turbo Cabriolet are without question two of the greatest examples they’ve yet produced. Despite costing the same as each other, they could hardly be more different on the road or in the showroom. Here’s why…

Women Prefer Men In Black Ford Pickups, Men Prefer Women In Red BMW Sports Cars

Ford Pickup

When buying a new car, what the opposite sex will think of it is probably way down the list of priorities under fuel economy, gadgets, features, etc.

A survey by Insure.com found that women say attractive men tend to drive black Ford pickup trucks, whilst men report that attractive women drive red BMW sports cars.

The survey of 2,000 men and women asked what type, brand and colour of vehicle are driven by the most fetching members of the opposite sex.

Please note that this was a US survey, so here in the UK the results would probably be slightly different.

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What Women Prefer Men to Drive

Among women, 32% said that they found men who drove pickup trucks to be most attractive. Men driving sports cars came in a reasonably close second at 27%. SUVs (16%t), sedans (11%), and hybrid/electric vehicles (4% rounded out the top five.

In terms of brands, women were more divided, though Ford gained the most up-votes at 16%, followed by Chevrolet and Porsche. And when it came to the colour of a prospective mate’s ride, women far and away chose black (53%) as the sexiest colour. Silver took home the silver medal, with 16% of the vote.

What Men Prefer Women to Drive

Men were somewhat more opinionated in their vehicle preferences for women. A very lopsided 39% found women in sports cars most attractive, while the sedans earned just 22%. SUVs came in third at 20%, and at the bottom of the list were minivans, with just 4% of the vote.

Men were also more upscale in their choice of brands than women were. BMW landed in the top spot, earning 16% of the vote, followed by Mercedes-Benz (14% and Porsche (10%). And on the colour front, men showed a distinct preference for red, with 40% pegging that as their favourite car colour for women. Black (23%) and silver (14%) followed.

Via The Car Connection.