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Saturday 9th June 2012

PH Blog: BAC Mono, now with added traffic

This time we've got video - and there are even other cars in it!



Perhaps it was because I was a little over-awed by getting to drive the BAC Mono on the road the other day, but I am a little conscious that I didn't really describe the experience (the road and traffic-negotiating bit of it) in all that much depth. A couple of you even felt moved to mention it in the ensuing thread. Nor did we manage to get many decent photos of it surrounded by chugging lorries, buses and the everyday transport of Joe Public.

Well, here is my chance to atone, because although we didn't get much in the way of on-road pics, we did take a video. Now, the combination of Riggers and camera is never going to win any Oscars, but it does at least give you a sense of what it's like to drive such an apparently extreme track car on the road.


I say 'apparently extreme' for a reason, too, because as I alluded to in our original article, the Mono really is a bit of a pussycat out on the road. Sure, at low speeds you can hear the pneumatic actuators popping and farting as you shift gears, but provided you're gentle with the clutch it's quite a smooth process.

Likewise the power delivery makes for easy in-town progress, with decent torque all the way through the rev range and the power not kicking in until the engine is spinning faster and more loudly than seems appropriate in an urban environment (you really don't get a massive wallop until about 5,000rpm).

Out on more open roads the Mono reveals itself to be frankly ballistic, with oodles of traction and grip and, once that engine is screaming and you're banging through the gears without need for the clutch pedal, huge cross-country pace.

I didn't really plumb the depths of the Mono's point-to-point ability - on relatively busy public roads you simply can't - but not once did it feel skittish or indeed anything other than totally planted and controlled. And for a car with one seat, an F3 gearbox and a steering wheel that would make Lewis Hamilton feel at home, that's quite an achievement.

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AV12

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Looks reasonably compliant for the road actually..

04mmurkett

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What's the camera car? Sounds pretty nice!

dtrump

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sounds like a turbo hatch of somekind...

Gonewest

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Wow...Im glad the video was not in real time.Might as well have been filming a trabant!

0a

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A bit of a pointless video, could you not have stopped and given us your thoughts at least?

Golf GTI camera car?
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Bob_Defly

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That was crap I'm afraid...

tosh.brice

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Gonewest said:
Wow...Im glad the video was not in real time.Might as well have been filming a trabant!
+1

gforceg

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I was waiting for the Benny Hill music to start when the film speeded up.

Caractacus

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Guys, that vid was just sodding rubbish. Must do better next time, ok? C- !

Just look at how spoilt we PH'ers have become with the likes of Chris Harris and his vids of neverending awesomeness - you have some stiff competition! wink

Edited by Caractacus on Sunday 10th June 10:25

LordFlathead

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Camera would have been better placed in the Mono IMO.

Yes it shows what the car looks like on the road, but that is all.

Any jobs going at PH? I could do better than that wink

Mutton

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I have to agree with everyone, that was a poor effort.

Chris71

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I'm intrigued to know what the camera car was too. Sounds familiar, but I can't think were from. smile

EDLT

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Chris71 said:
I'm intrigued to know what the camera car was too. Sounds familiar, but I can't think were from. smile
Its that Elise that went missing...

leeson660

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2 mins of my life I'll never get back frown

Mad for tar

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Terrible video i'm afraid guys....

Camera car a DSG equipped GTI i reckon???

M@1975

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10 out of 10 for pointlessness. Must try harder.

Mr Gearchange

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gforceg said:
I was waiting for the Benny Hill music to start when the film speeded up.
This. Film definately needs more Yakety Sax.

Riggers

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I Did say I wasn't ruddy Ron Howard!

The video was supposed to be simply an adjunct to the blog. People were asking for more thoughts about the car on the road, so that's what we gave you.

People were also asking for shots of the car on the road. So that's also what we gave you.

Honestly, there's no pleasing some people... still if you're unhappy with the service just PM me and I'll sort you out a refund. Oh, wait... wink

(Oh and by the way - the eagle-eyed among you might have spotted a GoPro attached to the Mono - that was supposed to take some in-car footage, but the memory card corrupted so we lost it. My apologies for that)


LordFlathead

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Ron Howard said:
I Did say I wasn't ruddy Riggers!

The video was supposed to be simply an adjunct to the blog. People were asking for more thoughts about the car on the road, so that's what we gave you.

People were also asking for shots of the car on the road. So that's also what we gave you.

Honestly, there's no pleasing some people... still if you're unhappy with the service just PM me and I'll sort you out a refund. Oh, wait... wink

(Oh and by the way - the eagle-eyed among you might have spotted a GoPro attached to the Mono - that was supposed to take some in-car footage, but the memory card corrupted so we lost it. My apologies for that)
To be fair, I think that's about the only hopeless video you've ever posted and you can't please all the people all the time and this is PH wink

I liked all the others though smile

I would have like some growling engines, some drifting and some.. oh wait where is Chris Harris ? I blame him for lifting the bar laugh

iandews

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Riggers said:
I Did say I wasn't ruddy Ron Howard!

The video was supposed to be simply an adjunct to the blog. People were asking for more thoughts about the car on the road, so that's what we gave you.

People were also asking for shots of the car on the road. So that's also what we gave you.

Honestly, there's no pleasing some people... still if you're unhappy with the service just PM me and I'll sort you out a refund. Oh, wait... wink

(Oh and by the way - the eagle-eyed among you might have spotted a GoPro attached to the Mono - that was supposed to take some in-car footage, but the memory card corrupted so we lost it. My apologies for that)
Well I appreciated the effort, as all stories and content take time and energy to produce.

Think driving that on the road I would want the lights on all the time so I didn't get squashed; I doubt a lorry would even see that in front of them!!!
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