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BAC Mono One ushers in all-new replacement

Firm celebrates decade with a trio of special models, a month before the Mono's successor is revealed

By Sam Sheehan / Thursday, February 06, 2020

Briggs Automotive Company has marked the end of production for its track-focussed Mono with the launch of a special final variant, called the One. In a run of just three examples, the final Monos are each finished in one of the company's colours - red, white and black - and get a raft of unique features to commemorate a decade of successful sales for the 528hp per tonne machine. BAC is due to reveal an all-new Mono successor at the Geneva motor show next month, meaning these cars really are the end of the line - hence the decision to label them collectors' items.

The final three Monos - priced at £158,950 apiece - do rather look the part. They retain the turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder and six-speed sequential gearbox of the regular cars, resulting in a 2.8 second 0-60mph time and 170mph top speed. But, as you may have noticed, they gain carbon-hybrid wheels, unique logos and commemorative plaques. Oh, and the design team added a few features inspired by - not kidding - Bjork's 1999 music video for 'All Is Full Of Love'. The robot from the video having influenced the "car's primary aesthetic".

Most importantly, though, the White, Carbon Black and Neon Red take retain the racing car-aping athleticism that has made BAC's Mono so spectacular on circuit. Those who've seen one driven properly at a track day will know that practically nothing this side of a full-blown slicks and wings racer can keep up with them; rivals include other bonkers machines such as the Radical Rapture, rather than convectional supercars. The Mono has ten lap records to its name.

As such, expect the next-gen car to build on this formula rather than drastically diverge from it. The market for hardcore track machines shows no signs of slowing, nor does the driving standard of those who seek such thrills. We await the new model's Geneva reveal with sweaty-palmed excitement...

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