The featherweight is about to get even lighter.
Briggs Automotive Company, better known as BAC, was founded back in 2009 by brothers Neill and Ian Briggs. BAC introduced its first car, the Mono, back in 2011 and has since gone on to build over 100 examples of the one-seater track car. With a curb weight of just 1,200 pounds, the Mono is one of the lightest cars you can buy, but BAC has been experimenting with a new graphene body that would reduce weight by an additional 20%. To show us how far it's gotten, BAC has just teased a new vehicle that promises to be lighter, more powerful, and faster than the already impressive Mono.
BAC's new car is slated for a reveal on July 4th, 2019 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Based on the teaser video, it appears the new car won't stray too far from the original Mono in terms of styling or layout. This means it will keep a single-seat layout with a mid-mounted engine.
The current Mono uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine sourced from Ford, which produces 305 horsepower and 227 lb-ft of torque. This doesn't sound like a huge amount of power in a world where a Jeep Grand Cherokee can have over 700 hp, but with just 1,200 pounds to lug around, the Mono hits 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 170 mph.
The teaser video says BAC is "forever striving for ultimate perfection," adding that the company is "ready to take it to the next level." We assume the "next level" includes an increase in power, which when combined with a weight reduction, should have impressive results. It's still unknown if this will be an all-new car with a new name or simply a new version of the Mono, but it is by far the biggest announcement we've seen from BAC since the original Mono debuted back in 2011.
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