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
The Mono was shaped in CFD with the help of Stuttgart University's FKFS department, one of the world's leading authorities on aerodynamics. Every inch of its bodywork is honed to smooth airflow. Not that there's much bodywork: the Mono is hardcore engineering pornography, with all its oily functional parts left naked. Directly behind the central seat, a 2.3-litre, naturally aspirated Cosworth four-cylinder - originally a Ford Duratec unit, but treated to a dry sump, forged pistons and conrods - lurks exposed, butted up against a Xylon-coated, six-speed sequential gearbox. This Hewland transmission, borrowed from an F3 racer, drives the rear wheels through a limited-slip diff. About the powertrain, the Mono's pushrod suspension clings gracefully to its tub like a spider's web.