► Mono redesigned with a wider chassis
► Elbow room up by 56mm inside
► Overall size and weight unchanged
The BAC Mono: a futuristic single-seat supercar that looks like a formula racing car and goes like one too. What’s not to like? Well, possibly its overly cosy interior, which some drivers might find a touch snug, even for one.
From summer 2016 on, however, the Liverpool-built machine has been redesigned with a new, slightly wider chassis to free up a little extra hip ’n’ shoulder room.
What’s changed, exactly?
Certain outer members of the tubular steel chassis have been moved outwards, and the body’s side panels have been made a little slimmer. In all, there’s an extra 56mm of wriggle room; 25mm from each side of the chassis, and 3mm from the new panels.
The Mono’s still the same size on the outside, those stunning exterior dimensions remaining the same overall. Kerbweight, a featherweight 580kg, hasn’t changed either. So the Mono’s 305bhp 2.5-litre Mountune four-pot can still push it from 0-60mph in 2.8sec and on to 170mph flat-out.
The changes have been made as a result of feedback from customers, says BAC co-founder Ian Briggs: ‘Every change we make to the Mono is aimed at improving it for our customers, and this upgrade is intended to make the most of the space for the driver. Thanks to the close relationship we enjoy with our customers, we are in regular dialogue with them and this change has come as a result of this.’
BAC goes global
Seems the rest of the world is catching on to the Mono’s charms. Since its original launch in 2011 the BAC has been steadily exported to multiple countries worldwide, and further new markets in America and the Far East are on the agenda for 2016. Good news for thrill-seeking sports car fans the world over, then – even ones with big elbows.
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