Horsepower isn't everything you know.
The lesser-spotted BAC Mono isn't new, it's been around since 2011 but whenever seen it causes a stir. Just 12 were destined for the US which makes it rare and sought after, and when they do pop up for sale, they can fetch good money. The car has an amazing shape that screams speed, the most obvious reason for that is the car is a single-seater, odd for a street legal car, but it happens. The track-focused car doesn't have big horsepower, but with the right suspension and the right weight, it doesn't need it.
The McLaren 675LT, Ferrari 458 Speciale, and everything else with the title of supercar has tried to take top spot, but the Mono will be hard to beat.
The Mono runs on a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Mountune-fiddled Ford engine with all the right mods in all the right places to give it an atmospheric power output of just 305 horsepower and 227 lb-ft, but with a weight of just 1278,68 pounds it has an impressive 525 hp per tonne. This gets it up to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and it tops out at 170 mph. At the hands of Evo's Richard Meaden, the Mono posted the fastest lap time ever tested by the publication at the Anglesey Coastal Circuit it uses for testing. How fast is fast? Well, while times will mean nothing to you, just know this, the Briggs Automotive Company's single-seater beat the iconic McLaren P1 by a full second. In supercar terms, that's a hiding.
BAC co-founder and Director of Product Development Neill Briggs said: “We are very, very proud of the Mono’s achievement around the Anglesey Coastal Circuit and are thrilled that the world can watch history unfold online. The Mono is known for driving as good as it looks, and that much is evident from evo’s video. When the record lap was set, it looked incredibly quick – the video reinforces just how fast it was and how great a feat this is. To be at the top of evo’s leaderboard is an honour and we are looking forward to attacking and conquering other production car records around the world in 2017.” Now we want to see a flying lap of Nurburgring to see how it fares.