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
Time to let the Mono run free without the risk of destroying Denbighshire's entire supply of cut-price inflatable beach toys. With a flock of seagulls in tow, we bugger off south.
Fast-forward a couple of hours and, sunglasses swapped for a race helmet, I'm weaving warily behind the pace car on my second sighter lap of Cheshire's Oulton Park circuit. As recipes for embarrassment go, this is a sure-fire winner: unfamiliar circuit, a one-in-existence priceless lightweight, Veyron-rivalling power-to-weight ratio, rear drive, lack of driver talent. The pace car swings into the pits, and the track is clear.
I snap the left-hand paddle twice, down into second and pin the throttle. No squirm, no hesitation: the Mono fires down the straight like a lit firework and my helmet fills with furious swearing. After a few seconds, I discover this is coming from my own mouth. The version fit for public consumption runs something like this: "By Jove, what an unusually quick car."