BAC Mono Revealed in the Flesh

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A few days ago, we brought to your attention the stunning open-cockpit racer from BAC. This asphalt-eating Cosworth-powered creation, called the Mono, is designed to take on the best that KTM, Ariel and Caterham has to offer. We can now show you a set of real-life shots of the Mono, revealing everything from the central-seat design to the aerodynamic features of the car.

The Mono features a carbon fiber skin that covers a space-frame steel cell. It’s as aerodynamic as a shark is hydrodynamic, but this pales in comparison to the fact that it is powered by an engine from the famous British manufacturer of all things fast, Cosworth. The 2.3-liter four-pot puts out 280 bhp at 7,700 rpm and 280 Nm (207 lb.ft.) at 6,000 rpm. It comes coupled to an F-3 spec 6-speed sequential gearbox from Hewland.

If that impresses you, than wait until you hear this: the Mono reaches 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 2.8 seconds and offers a top speed of 170 mph (274 km/h). That sounds like a whole lot of bug splatter on your helmet. While we’re on the subject of impressive figures, we might as well mention the price - £79,950 (including UK taxes). This isn’t exactly as cheap as a Honda Civic, but it's still very desirable.

"MONO is the culmination of a 12-year dream for us – the car we wanted to own but nobody else made. All cars are built to order on a first-come, first-served basis and our flexible production facility has the capacity to manufacture between 50 and 100 vehicles per year – or more if demand requires. All I can currently say is, the early response has been extremely encouraging," said company co-founder Ian Briggs.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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