New BAC Mono R: the v2.0 track car hero

Published: 04 July 2019

► BAC Mono R at Goodwood 2019
► 340bhp Mountune 4cyl engine
► Weighs in at just 555kg

The BAC Mono just got more extreme. This is the Mono R – something BAC says is the second generation of its hardcore, road-legal single-seater. It's been revealed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Liverpool-based brand even boasts that the new car is ‘the new reference’ point for the automotive industry. Big talk.

BAC Mono R: the engine

The ‘Gen2’ Mono is powered by a 2.5-litre Mountune turbo four-cylinder with 340bhp – 35bhp more than before. Tweaks like increasing the cylinder bore, a sharper throttle response, a redline increase from 7800rpm to 8800rpm and a Formula 3-spec ram air jet (no, that’s not a bazooka on the side) are responsible for the power increase.

That punch means the Mono R can hit 62mph in 2.5 seconds and blast onto a top speed of 170mph. BAC says its new car has a power-to-weight figure of 612bhp-per-tonne.

How does it manage that?

By being 25kg lighter than before. The regular Mono wasn’t exactly portly, but this new R weighs in at just 555kg. It's worth stopping and reflecting on that achievement, in an age where many family cars tip the scales at one-and-a-half tonnes and beyond...

3D-printed parts, magnesium components in the transmission, titanium exhaust system and, most crucially, graphene-infused carbonfibre in the chassis help to shave that much weight off.

Mono R side jet

Besides the ram air jet, the overall design is curvier too, with the new ‘shark nose’ front end being the most noticeable tweak if you park an R next to an older Mono. All of the surfacing was redesigned from scratch, and BAC says it’s 20mm lower but 25mm longer.

Sign me up!

Hold your horses... BAC has only announced a production run of just 30, priced at £190,950 a pop. Said production run has already sold out, as BAC decided to flog them all to existing Mono owners, which we can’t quite understand the logic of.

More information on the BAC Mono R as and when we get our hands on it.

Check our Goodwood FoS preview

By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches