The Briggs Automotive Company Mono, or BAC Mono, is the company's first road legal, track day car. It is a single central-seat composed of high-strength carbon fiber composite and a steel safety cell. The BAC Mono is powered by a 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 280 HP at 7700rpm and a peak torque of 206 lb-ft at 6000rpm. The engine is mated to an F-3 spec 6-speed sequential gearbox from Hewland.
Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most challenging motor-racing circuits you will find in the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. It measures 4.352 miles and features 20 turns. The current record at the track is held by Sebastian Vettel who lapped it back in 2009 in 1:47.263.
This challenging circuit was the perfect place for the BAC Mono to prove what it is capable of. This test comes just a few days after the Mono managed to smash Top Gear’s test track record with a time of 1:14.3, thereby bettering the times of all but the 720-horsepower Pagani Huayra.
The two BAC Monos running at Spa were driven by Ron Simons, who was almost unbeatable in wet conditions at Spa for years and TV personality Sabine Schmitz.
Check out the video to see which of the two managed to handle Mono the best.
What do you think about a £125,000 (or $189,000 at the current exchange rates) video game? Sounds pretty crazy, right? But what if we tell you this game will also bring you a very real BAC Mono sports car ?
This special game is being offered by Codemaster and it is called of course GRID 2: Mono Edition. Next to the car, the package will also bring you the game and a PS3 to play on it. Of course, not while driving!
The car offered with the game will be painted in a special GRID2 livery and will be equipped with a race wear for the driver.
Before you get to excited about this package you have to know that a standard BAC Mono is priced at about $130k, so you are paying for some special livery about $60k. Not the best deal, no?
In fact the new GRID:2 already entered the Guinness World Book as the most "Most Expensive Video Game Commercially Available - Special Edition."
If you are still interested, you have to know the package will be available starting May 31st, but it can already be pre-ordered.
Click past the jump to read more about the BAC Mono.
How many times have you seen four track cars put one next to the other on a public road? Pretty much never, we know, but now the folks over at BHP Project took four amazing track-focused cars on a trip to London. The cars included: the BAC Mono (280 horsepower), KTM X-Bow (300 horsepower), Ariel Atom 3 (300 horsepower) and Caterham R300 (165 horsepower).
What’s the idea behind this trip? Well, apparently they wanted to see how the three cars will handle on real roads, in stop-and-go traffic and, of course, what the people of London thought of them.
The cars were driven by their respective owners and, at the end, each of them offered feedback on how their car can be handled in one of the busiest cities in the world. Which one do you think is the best for city driving? Let us know in the comments section below.
Few men get to have as much fun as Chris Harris does, as he is constantly beating the hell out of cars and getting paid to do so. So for the most part, we all live vicariously through his videos. In his latest installment, he takes on a car that we haven’t seen too much of here in the states, but is vastly popular, per Harris’ video, in the European market.
This elusive slab of carbon fiber and tubular steel is the BAC Mono . In the terms of a race car, its 280-horsepower 2.3-liter Duratec Ford engine with Cosworth-built pistons and forged rods is paltry. However, when you mate that up to a flat-shifting, paddle-shift, 6-speed trans, and a 540 kg (1,190-pound) chassis and body, you have one mean machine.
This British rocket hits a top speed of 170 mph and sprints to 60 in just 2.8 seconds – not too shabby for a glorified Focus engine, huh? Add in a rain-soaked track with plenty of twists and turns with Chris Harris behind the wheel, and you have a whole lot of BAC Mono tail wagging. Despite all of the oversteer, Harris repeatedly boasts how easy the Mono is to control. This becomes obvious when he doesn’t spin it out even once, despite swinging that tail end out pretty wide at times.
Check out the above video to see for yourself. If you’re able to, crank up the volume too, so you can get a good listen to that high-revving Ford power plant.
In the midst of all the top names in sports car history, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) is stepping up to the plate with their new lightweight, ultra high performance, road legal Mono. The BAC Mono is designed and manufactured using the latest racing technology and is battling for top billing amongst vehicles like theAriel Atom and KTM X-Bow.
The BAC Mono track is a single central-seat featuring an aggressive design. It is constructed from high-strength carbon fiber composite and is powered by a 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 280 HP. This engine sprints the car to an impressive top speed of 170 mph.
In the official statement, BAC describes their work: "Aimed at drivers who seek a purist driving experience and for whom design, engineering excellence and performance are of paramount importance, Mono is an aggressive design and will set a new benchmark in the small, but elite segment of radical, lightweight sports cars."
For those interested, the Mono is currently on sale for £66,625, or about $107,400 at the current exchange rates, plus local taxes.
UPDATE 12/09/2011: Any fans of the special BAC Mono will be happy to hear that the car will be imported to the US market by Sector111 LLC, California. Only 12 units will be offered at a starting price of $130,000 each.
Hit the jump to read more about the BAC Mono Track Car.