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Friday 10th June 2011

BAC Mono Update: Deliveries Start Next Month

£80K price reportedly no barrier to interest for wild single-seater



We'll soon know if it really is the car of choice for unsociable trackday drivers, as first deliveries of the single seat BAC Monowill be starting next month.

With the bulk of the design and engineering work complete, BAC's Neill Briggs tells PistonHeads it's now a matter of getting the car certified by the various authorities before first deliveries commence in July. And with the paperwork signed, we reckon the street-legal single-seater will be poised to be one of the summer's most talked about cars.

And though £80K for a car with only one seat and an unashamedly hardcore spec might seem a bit of a stretch, BAC and appointed dealer Supervettura in Surrey report strong interest and plenty of orders for the months head. The first two cars will go to trackday firm RS Academy and from that point on BAC has orders for three to four cars a month, and fully expects to meet its goal of building 50 or so cars over the coming year. Briggs says there is the potential to expand production facilities and, if necessary, double that figure subject to suppliers being primed to meet demand.


Demand could pick up further following public appearances at events like the Goodwood Festival Of Speed and Cholmondeley Pageant Of Power over the summer months. As Supervettura's James Huntley says: "These provide great opportunities for us - with a lot of the early pictures being computer renderings a lot of people didn't quite believe the car was real!"

It most definitely is though, and the spec is a 'who's who' of respected motorsport suppliers including Cosworth for the 2.3-litre 280hp engine, Hewland for the six-speed F3-ready sequential gearbox, Sachs for the pushrod operated dampers and AP Racing for the brakes. If the engineering and build quality live up to the promise, then an £80K asking price for a track toy with only one seat may not be quite such an outlandish proposition for folk with the funds to indulge their fantasies.


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Gadgeroonie

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hmm 80k and only 280 bhp ?

i have to say it looks great, but it is better than a Atom / Radical ?

ellesmereFNC

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I've seen this in the flesh at Oulton Park a couple of times, it really does look like a quailty piece of engineering, good luck to BAC. I have no friends so just need £80k now.

MogulBoy

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Looks absolutley superb to me. Really hope that they are sucessful.



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Divorce, Exhibit A.


300bhp/ton

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Not heard of these before. But I have to say it's sort of the type of car I was envisaging for an IOM TT attempt. Although I was admittedly thinking of another 800hp more hehe
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JenkinsComp

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It's beautiful.

doogz

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Why have i never heard of this?

Looks pretty awesome, but the single seat is a bit annoying, scaring passengers is part of the fun in having a quick car!

jamesdothuntley

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Gadgeroonie said:
hmm 80k and only 280 bhp ?

I have to say it looks great, but it is better than a Atom / Radical ?
Indeed the power output is 280bhp - But, this is about 520BHP/tonne!! This is more the the new McLaren!

In my opinion the design of this car is streets ahead of the Atom and the Radical in terms of the levels of refinement.

0-60 in 2.8 is staggering - I cannot wait until you see these eating much more traditional supercars on the track biggrin

fathomfive

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Liking that very muchly.

jeffw

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Looking at the technical spec it sounds like it is a 2.3lt Duratec that Cosworth have modified to 280BHP.

Looks nice...bet they make a Duo later based on the same platform.

BBS-LM

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Bloody hell, I must have missed this first time around. The car looks great, you can see allot of influence from the X-Bow but that not a bad thing. And it's about time a company made a single centre driver position in a car like this.

JumpinJack

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MogulBoy said:
Looks absolutley superb to me. Really hope that they are sucessful.
+1

BBS-LM

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jeffw said:
Looking at the technical spec it sounds like it is a 2.3lt Duratec that Cosworth have modified to 280BHP.

Looks nice...bet they make a Duo later based on the same platform.
same engine is in the Caterham R500

BBS-LM

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCfIXLcmYUI

The car looks fantastic. want.

samdale

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BBS-LM said:
jeffw said:
Looking at the technical spec it sounds like it is a 2.3lt Duratec that Cosworth have modified to 280BHP.

Looks nice...bet they make a Duo later based on the same platform.
same engine is in the Caterham R500
The R500 is a 2ltr non?

http://www.caterham.co.uk/assets/html/showroom/sup...

The CSRs do have the 2.3ltr though.

Can't see for 80k why you would buy this over any of the higher end 7-esque cars, especially the R500 starting at half that price...

chunkymonkey71

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I've never been that into cars like this, the atom, x-bow etc...

Usually prefer cars to be more "car shaped". But for some reason I'd absolutely LOVE to have a go of one of these!

I hope this is a success!

RallyRider

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Saw it at Goodwood a little while back and really liked it. My pics on the link below

http://www.gtspirit.com/2011/04/05/first-live-pict...

Harry H

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Absolutely bloody fantastic. Without doubt the best looking of all the tack day cars.

This car has been elevated to first place in my lottery garage

Great pics Rallyrider

soad

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Looks interesting and yeah - i like it.
If they're able to shift them - good on them! thumbup

JohnGoodridge

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Great piece of British Engineering. Good luck to them. Can only imagine the fun if you've got a couple of mates who've also got 80k spare.
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