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Lighter, more powerful BAC Mono R unveiled at Goodwood

Lighter, more powerful BAC Mon...
The all-new BAC Mono R
The all-new BAC Mono R
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The all-new BAC Mono R
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The all-new BAC Mono R
The BAC Mono R is 25 kg (55 lb) lighter than the original model, tipping the scales at 555 kg (1,224 lb)
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The BAC Mono R is 25 kg (55 lb) lighter than the original model, tipping the scales at 555 kg (1,224 lb)
Delivering 340 bhp, the BAC Mono R offers 35 bhp more power than the standard model
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Delivering 340 bhp, the BAC Mono R offers 35 bhp more power than the standard model
The BAC Mono R features a lighter race-inspired steering wheel
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The BAC Mono R features a lighter race-inspired steering wheel
The 2.5-litre, four-cylinder drive-by-wire Mountune engine is claimed to provide the BAC Mono R with the highest normally aspirated specific output of all time, for a road-legal model
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The 2.5-litre, four-cylinder drive-by-wire Mountune engine is claimed to provide the BAC Mono R with the highest normally aspirated specific output of all time, for a road-legal model
The BAC Mono R has a sharper-nosed, 25mm longer, 20mm lower and generally more aerodynamic body than its predecessor
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The BAC Mono R has a sharper-nosed, 25mm longer, 20mm lower and generally more aerodynamic body than its predecessor
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It was back in 2011 that Britain's Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) debuted its Mono single-seat street-legal high-performance sports car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. At this year's event BAC has taken things further, with the "more advanced" Mono R.

First off, the R is 25 kg (55 lb) lighter than the original model, tipping the scales at 555 kg (1,224 lb). Delivering 340 bhp, it also offers 35 bhp more power. This combined lower weight and extra juice gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 612 bhp-per-tonne.

The 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, drive-by-wire Mountune engine is claimed to provide the Mono R with the highest normally aspirated specific output of all time, for a road-legal model.

The BAC Mono R has a sharper-nosed, 25mm longer, 20mm lower and generally more aerodynamic body than its predecessor
The BAC Mono R has a sharper-nosed, 25mm longer, 20mm lower and generally more aerodynamic body than its predecessor

When the rubber meets the road, the car is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 170 mph (274 km/h).

BAC also claims that the Mono R is the world's first car to incorporate graphene-enhanced carbon body panels – the graphene is said to enhance the structural properties of the carbon, making the panels stronger and lighter while also offering improved mechanical and thermal performance. In all, the automobile features 44 custom carbon components, along with some 3D-printed polymer parts.

The BAC Mono R features a lighter race-inspired steering wheel
The BAC Mono R features a lighter race-inspired steering wheel

Some of its other new features include a sharper-nosed, 25-mm longer, 20-mm lower and generally more aerodynamic body; a lighter race-inspired steering wheel; a new type of LED headlights; carbon-ceramic brakes; and twin-strut wing mirrors.

Production of the Mono R is limited to 30 units, which were exclusively offered to existing Mono owners. All of the cars have already been sold, with prices starting at £190,950 (about US$239,171).

Source: BAC

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2 comments
f8lee
So is this basically a pricier version of the Ariel Atom?
highlandboy
£40k for 2.8 sec in an Atom £190k for 2.5 sec BAC But as anyone knows with racing it’s the extra tenths of a second that costs 1000s