March 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm

This bespoke sportscar might have a weird name, BAC Mono, but it is actually quite a serious machine capable of blowing the Ariel Atom out of the water performance-wise!

It follows the same recipe of lightweight, extremely lightweight to be precise, and then a moderately powerful engine for an incredible power to weight ratio. The BAC singles-eater made by Briggs Automotive Compan is powered by 280 bhp, normally-aspirated 2.3-litre Cosworth unit mounted longitudinally and mated to an electronically-controlled, paddle-shift, six-speed sequential Hewland transmission with limited-slip differential.


It has a power-to-weight figure of 520 hp per ton which in plain English means zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 6.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 170 mph!

The car is more suited as a track-day machine or for racing schools.Mind you it is painfully expensive at £79,950. But then you can’t have much more thrills for less money.

MONO is the culmination of a 12-year dream for us – the car we wanted to own but nobody else made.” Neill Briggs added: “All cars are built to order on a first-come, first-served basis and our flexible production facility has the capacity to manufacture between 50 and 100 vehicles per year – or more if demand requires. All I can currently say is, the early response has been extremely encouraging.” Ian Briggs (BAC stands for Briggs Automotive Company)