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.
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.