With 26kW more, 25kg less, and a more advanced construction, the new BAC Mono R is the next step in the British supercar brand’s evolution.
BAC’s new Mono R made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with all 30 of its production run having already sold out before that.
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The Mono R is powered by a Mountune-developed 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, which produces 254kW and redlines at 8,800rpm.
It’s also, according to BAC, “the first production car in the world fully incorporating the use of graphene-enhanced carbon fibre in every body panel,” which is part of the reason it’s lighter than its predecessor.
BAC also says the magnesium chassis and transmission components, titanium exhaust system, lightweight AP Racing brake calipers, and carbon floor all help keep weight low, with carbon-ceramic brakes specifically saving 2.55kg in unspring weight per corner.
A total of 44 carbon parts from the previous Mono had also been re-styled to better suit the R. All up, it weighs just 555kg.
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BAC design director Ian Briggs says it’s the first time BAC has designed something new in more than a decade.
“Not only have we become a multi-product brand for the first time, but we’ve done so with a truly remarkable feat of engineering, design and innovation in the Mono R.
“Mono R has been many, many years in the making, with thousands upon thousands of hours of research and work going into it – and we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for creating the most extreme Mono in the flesh and under the skin.”
And while the new Mono R is the most extreme of its kind so far, the brand has more in the pipeline.
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Product development boss Neill Briggs says the new Mono R is a preview of what’s yet to come from BAC.
“This car is the ultimate benchmark-setter in terms of design, engineering and performance; that much is evident from the fact we sold out our full run of 30 models almost immediately to our very lucky current customers, who have a real treat in store when they get behind the wheel.”