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
Stig doesn't believe in taking time to acclimatise to a car. On his first lap, he exits the cambered Shell hairpin absolutely sideways. If he has testicles - and I'm not volunteering to find out - they're surely constructed of carbon-titanium. Stig is drifting the Mono. Unimpressed, the Mono snaps angrily back, lining up the Stig for a direct impact with a tyre wall, but our tame racing driver simply keeps his foot in, pelting across the grass for a couple of hundred yards before rejoining the track in a flurry of mud. Just a typical day in the life of Stig, but sobering proof that the Mono isn't a car for going sideways in the hands of mortals.
For lap after lap, Stig pounds the Mono. No stopping him now. As we're considering hunting for a tranquilliser gun, the Mono crosses the finish line for perhaps the 20th time and splutters to a halt, out of fuel. Stig hops unapologetically from the car, vaults the pit wall and scampers to the sanctity of garage 17.