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
Enough looking - time to climb on board. Right. Ah. Hmm. Swing a leg into the cockpit, balancing on to the edge of the seat squab. Lift other leg in. Feet into the footwell, wriggle down. And down. And down. And... good God, what sort of a driving position is this? I'd compare it to sitting in a bath but, unless you're either very short or have a very large bath, you'll actually be more upright in the tub than you are in here. It's not uncomfortable - in fact, it's rather cosy - but finding your knees at the same height as your shoulders is an odd revelation.
I press the touch-sensitive ‘M' button in the centre of the steering wheel once to prime the systems, then again to fire the engine. Wedged between my shoulder blades, the Cosworth engine rumbles to life with a discreet cough. No ear-puncturing bark here. How very civilised. I'm about to become the first human outside of BAC to drive the Mono on the road.