Brothers Neill and Ian Briggs didn’t just dream big. They went ahead and designed and built their own car -- the BAC MONO. BAC stands for Briggs Automotive Company while MONO refers to monoposto or single seat. Of course, they already had the automotive qualifications and experience to make this feat possible. The Briggs brothers aimed to have this road-going vehicle to have formula race car levels of handling and performance.
It can also be used as the perfect trackday tool, racing school car, one-make series racer, among other functions. The car has a power to weight ratio of 520 bhp / ton, exceeding that of the Bugatti Veyron. It is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 6.7 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 170 mph. The brothers have 15 years experience of the motor industry and they used their expertise to make this car get acclaim for its engineering perfection.
Through the Briggs brothers’ company, Adaptive Space, they have managed design and engineering consultancy projects for Ford Motor Company, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Conceived in Britain, MONO consists of the best from the automotive worlds. To optimize its aerodynamics, the brothers partnered with Stuttgart University and used CFD. Its parts came from suppliers who are renowned in the international motorsport industry.
The vehicle consists of carbon fibre with a tubular steel driver safety cell, complete with FIA-compliant roll over protection system – a concept similar to that of a DTM race car. It is powered by a 280 bhp, normally-aspirated 2.3-litre Cosworth unit mounted longitudinally and coupled to an electronically-controlled, paddle-shift, six-speed sequential Hewland transmission with limited-slip differential.
Meanwhile, the rose-jointed, aero profiled pushrod suspension has adjustable Sachs Racing dampers. AP Racing provided the braking mechanism, OZ Racing supplied the bespokeHRT alloy wheels, Kumho gave the purpose-developed, street-legal track tires, while the vehicle electronics and instrumentation came from GEMS. At £79,950(including UK taxes), the BAC MONO is not only highly desirable but eminently affordable.