This will make the BAC Mono even more brilliant to drive.
With its lightweight construction, the BAC Mono is one of the best-handling single seater track cars on the market right now. But there's always room for improvement. To see if the handling can be further improved, BAC has been awarded funding to implement the nano element 'Niobium' in the structure of BAC Mono.
As BAC explains, Niobium is a "naturally occurring, readily available, sustainable element that is ductile, malleable and highly resistant to corrosion".
According to the British carmaker, using this material will enhance the mechanical properties of alloy metals and is used the aerospace, architecture, and energy sectors.
How will this benefit the Mono? BAC claims that Niobium will enhance the properties of the alloys used in the chassis and suspension systems of the Mono supercar, meaning less material will be needed to meet structural targets. Yes, that means the BAC Mono is about to get even lighter and more brilliant to drive. Now that funding has been granted, BAC will develop a structural prototype using the lightweight material. If this is successful, BAC plans to implement Niobium into production cars.
While Niobium is used in jet engines, rockets, and in building structures, this will be the first time the element has been used in the automotive industry. BAC also sees the potential for the material to be used in zero-emissions vehicles. The project is sponsored by the Brazilian company CBMM, the founding supplier of the extreme E off-road racing series.
"We're incredibly excited about our latest nano element R&D project and once again looking forward to putting BAC on the map as true pioneers of the automotive industry," said Neill Briggs, BAC Co-Founder and Director of Product Development. "BAC is all about revolutionary technology and pushing the boundaries of what's possible, and using Niobium-enhanced structures is just another innovative way we're finding crucial weight-saving solutions for the Mono supercar."
Revealed earlier this year, the latest BAC Mono tips the scales at just 1,256 pounds, making it 22 pounds lighter than the previous model. Combined with a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine producing 332 hp, the new BAC Mono has a power-to-weight ratio of 582 hp-per-ton. It will even outrun a Porsche 911 GT3 RS with 0-62 mph coming in at just 2.7 seconds.