Stig and the BAC Mono
This 519bhp/tonne single-seater is one of the most exciting British cars in years: we take it up north for a debut outing
Posted: 10 Oct 2011
So... an emissions-proof interior? Briggs smiles. "A synthetic suede originally developed for use in nursing homes, actually," he explains. "It's a variant of Alcantara designed to wipe clean after even the worst... accidents. Since the Mono's upholstery had to be weatherproof, we figured it was a good material to use."
This story reveals a lot about the BAC Mono. It would be easy to pass this off as another garage-build special, another ‘racecar for the road' from a British start-up company, with a supercar-crushing power-to-weight ratio and a chassis constructed from bits of old washing machine and blind hope. But the Mono is different, and not just because of its antisocial seating plan. Though the headline stats are suitably devastating - 280bhp and a 540kg kerbweight means 519bhp per tonne, 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 170mph - it's the Mono's sheer quality that sets it apart. This is a pocket-sized masterpiece of engineering.