BAC showcased its new single-seater Mono supercar at Monterey Car Week 2023, held in California, USA. Production of the new supercar has already commenced at the company’s HQ facility in Liverpool, with orders already placed from around the world. Chris Lockhart, Head of Global Sales for BAC, says: “Demand has been unprecedented. In fact, such has been the interest, we’ve already taken orders before its official unveiling, with the first example delivered immediately after the event.”
Designed, engineered and developed to offer a new type of high-performance BAC driving experience, the Mono is intended to form the nucleus of the brand’s core product offering, as the company maintains its global expansion momentum
Influencing the philosophy behind the creation of Mono has been the desire from an international customer base for a road-legal single-seater supercar that is equally at home on the road as it is on track, be that accelerating onto a mountain pass or hitting the apex on a challenging circuit.
“Launching the new Mono supercar at Monterey Car Week perfectly encapsulates the brilliant trajectory of BAC,” says Mike Flewitt, BAC chairman. “Not only is this the first time the company has been in an official capacity at Monterey Car Week, but we have chosen this iconic setting to show to the world our latest high-performance single-seater creation; a development that forms the basis of BAC’s core product offering as it continues to expand around the world. Mono places driver experience at the forefront, regardless of if that experience is on the road or the track.”
The development of Mono has been guided by BAC’s ‘one-of-a-kind’ philosophy. It has been meticulously developed to form the core product offering from BAC while meeting demand for a single-seater supercar that is balanced in extremes.
“Mono is an authentic BAC supercar, it delivers the typical attributes that are part of the BAC DNA like high-performance, lightweight engineering, dynamic chassis, optimised suspension and an emotional design,” said Neill Briggs, co-founder and head of product development, BAC.
“Just as importantly, Mono also creates a connection to a new type of BAC driving experience, one that can seamlessly take to the road as easily as it can encounter the demands of on-track driving. In many ways, this new supercar is a homage to the original BAC Concept that we established over a decade ago, proving its fundamental longevity. The new Mono is a single-seater tour-de-force that has been engineered for balance but developed for extremes” he adds.
At the heart of the new Mono is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre powertrain optimised to deliver the perfect amount of power and torque for a high-performance car that is agile and dynamic, both on-road and on-track. This translates to the powertrain, which revs to 8,000 rpm, developing 311 hp and 313 Nm of torque.
The powertrain has been engineered to deliver optimal performance that is linear and progressive, no matter what driving environment the Mono encounters. A raft of advanced measures have been implemented including high-tech forged connecting rods and forged pistons; performance-focused camshafts and uprated valve springs; an enhanced induction system with individual throttle bodies; an intake system with an aero-optimised carbon fibre inlet; remote filtration system and new carbon airbox. For the latter subsystem, a smaller and more compact unit has been designed to perfectly match the car’s specific power requirements that includes seamless mid-range torque.
Showcasing the high-level innovation that BAC has become synonymous with, the Mono’s optimised power output results in an incredible power-to-weight ratio of 546 hp-per-tonne, meaning the supercar weighs just 570kg (1,257lbs). The precisely optimal weight distribution of 41% front and 59% rear further adds to the car’s agile yet composed approach.
The combination of its lightweight structure – thanks in part to BAC’s world-leading graphene-infused carbon panels – and high-performance capabilities allows the Mono to sprint to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds.