In a world of big-bodied sedans and SUVs, the light, minimalist BAC Mono is a standout piece of art in itself. As it turns out, it also makes an interesting canvas for a greater art project, with BAC brightening up its single-seat roadster with electric-blue, red and yellow stripes to represent airflow along the length of the black body. The Art Car Mono is sure to be one of the most eye-catching new rides at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
A blend of technology and art, the Art Car Mono was developed by BAC and Autodesk, the software company whose simulation tools helped in developing the Mono. The newly liveried car brings Autodesk's CFD graphics to life on the Mono's body, creating a real-life version of virtual wind tunnel modeling.
The cool blue stripes flow up the hood, from nose to dashboard, while yellows and reds spread out at the rear of the cockpit, creating a vibrant display of aerodynamics and airflow atop the black body. BAC says it's the first to display a car's aerodynamic simulation in this way.
"Not only is it one of the most striking and intricate Mono color schemes we have ever created, it also shows the intelligent design of Mono and how we use Autodesk software to help create the perfect car," says BAC co-founder and design director Ian Briggs.
As good as the Art Car Mono will look on BAC's Goodwood stand, it would look even better putting the Mono's 305-hp 2.5-liter engine to work in powering up a 2.8-second 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h). Just imagine the electrifying blur of black, blue, red and yellow.
This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed starts on Thursday and will mark the Art Car Mono's public debut. BAC will also be highlighting an all-new Mono configurator, developed in conjunction with Autodesk. After that, the flashy roadster will go on display at Autodesk's Birmingham manufacturing facility and will also take trips to various global exhibitions and seminars.