PH Blog: BAC Mono, now with added traffic


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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  • K2MDL 11 Jun 2012

    TWareham said:
    However thought I would just explain the building in Virginia Water which is Mono UK's Dealership (as well as Koenigsegg). The Dell Boy repair on the front, this was supposed to be a temporary measure but has turned into a long term structure, not something we really wanted to happen.

    The building was not broken into but back when we had all that snow some lunatic came down the hill onto the junction tried to turn left and just went straight on! Luckily the security door did its job but took a pounding at the same time.

    With us pretty much flattening the whole ground floor of the building and constructing a glass gym palace for the Mono to occupy we though a temporary repair would be sufficient and not hang around long however between problems with planning, architects and adverse weather holding up our builders temporary has turned into permanent and your right it is S**T! The cars are pretty epic though, we like to think this makes up for it!

    Feel free to pop in next time your passing for a look around.

    Tom
    SuperVettura

    Hey Tom, that is a very fair response and it's appreciated. You must admit though, it does look crap! Which is a pity because I used to turn left before I got to the end of the road where you guys are, but now I purposely turn at your junction just to see what cars you have lined up... lick

    Get that stitch up N leggett structure out of the way, put some nice glitterati signs up and give the cars you store and show the presence they deserve.

    Thanks for the invite, I do go past and get a wave from you when I drift past on the odd occasion and it wasn't me that re-arranged your shutters - it took me an hour to get up my own driveway in December!!


    In the interim, just in case you have got used to the front entrance, here is what it looks like to passers by....



    Edited by K2MDL on Monday 11th June 19:16

  • bungle. 10 Jun 2012

    That is a shame!!

  • Riggers 10 Jun 2012

    bungle. said:
    Did you get out on track after you arrived at Oulton?
    Again, sadly not. But I am sure that this isn't PH's last meeting with the Mono...

  • bungle. 10 Jun 2012

    Did you get out on track after you arrived at Oulton?

  • TWareham 10 Jun 2012

    K2MDL said:
    Actually the video is in line with the "setting" from which the car is being sold.

    I saw this thing coming towards me last week (or maybe the week before), in Virginia Water. Looks good. I guess it was off to the reseller who has some sort of strange outpost at the end of my road. I say strange because at any one time there must be 2 or 3 million pounds worth of vehicles parked for sale (I think) on their tiny forecourt. Not quite sure they are actually for sale because they don't always have prices or even "poa" in the windscreens.

    Also the gaff was broken into ages ago and the main entrance was boarded up with a lump of old ply-wood. 2-3 months later the "temporary" repair is still there. Not quite the right greeting you would expect if you were thinking of parting with a million or two for a Lambo Revention for example or even a full carbon edition Zonda?

    Odd....
    Will not pass comment on the video, but I will have to send PH another for their archives as soon as my car arrives and we head into London for some street driving!

    However thought I would just explain the building in Virginia Water which is Mono UK's Dealership (as well as Koenigsegg). The Dell Boy repair on the front, this was supposed to be a temporary measure but has turned into a long term structure, not something we really wanted to happen.

    The building was not broken into but back when we had all that snow some lunatic came down the hill onto the junction tried to turn left and just went straight on! Luckily the security door did its job but took a pounding at the same time.

    With us pretty much flattening the whole ground floor of the building and constructing a glass gin palace for the Mono to occupy we though a temporary repair would be sufficient and not hang around long however between problems with planning, architects and adverse weather holding up our builders temporary has turned into permanent and your right it is S**T! The cars are pretty epic though, we like to think this makes up for it!

    Feel free to pop in next time your passing for a look around.

    Tom
    SuperVettura




    Edited by TWareham on Thursday 14th June 09:24

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