It's still faster than a GT3 RS.
The BAC Mono is faster to 60 mph than a Porsche 911 GT3 RS while using just 332 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. How? As Chapman put it, by simplifying and adding lightness. On top of that, this new Mono uses a totally new turbocharged engine courtesy of Ford. The Briggs Automotive Compay is no stranger to a Ford motor.
It previously used a naturally-aspirated 2.3-liter unit fettled by renowned Ford tuners Montune. Now, the company has switched to a mildly more eco-friendly turbocharged 2.3-liter Ford Ecoboost unit. Critically, that means it'll pass American emissions, as we've previously discussed.
The company hasn't really made a fuss about the switch, with the details on the new turbocharged unit available on the company's website since the car debuted. Previously, we weren't sure what would be hooked up to this new motor. Now we know that it's going to be a six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox, the very same one you'd find in the current Mono.
The new model, known as the Mono F, will also make use of very similar suspension and running gear from the limited-run Mono R. We know for a fact that both the Ohlins 2-way dampers and Pirelli Trofeo R tires will make an appearance.
As we previously reported, the new Mono F will use a totally new chassis frame made from Niobium steel. It might sound like some fanciful element that sits next to Vibranium and Adamantium on the periodic table, but it's very much real (and real light). BAC has said it'll make the chassis lighter and stiffer, but as of now, hasn't specified by how much.
Given what a big deal BAC has made out of the Niobium steel frame, we'd say that savings will be rather significant. It's expected the F will weigh in right around 1,256 lbs. For reference, the Mono R came in at 1,248 lbs.
Much of that weight difference comes down to the engine we've been talking about. Intercoolers, turbos, and all the associated running gear adds weight as well as power. You can't beat physics, though the Mono has always driven like it can. On top of that, the Mono R used carbon ceramic brakes to shave another few pounds off.
Unfortunately, pricing, much like the details on this new turbocharged engine, is a bit of an unknown. At the top end, we expect the new BAC Mono to run you a princely sum. It could cost as much as $200,000 by the time the car hits showrooms here in America.