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BAC Mono

By: on May 18, 2014
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Street-legal Formula 1 car for your collection? From British supercar manufacturer BAC comes a run of Monos for the wealth-blessed and speed-obsesseds' taking. These seductively futuristic road rockets combine lightweight, ultra-high-performance materials with the latest racing technology to produce what could be the most thrilling joyride of any man's life. If, that is, you can stand having your face torn off like Jeremy Clarkson's when you hit 90.

Right. Better grab a Mono and a helmet.

The single-seat Mono design is built around an "organic, enclosed front" (uh, is that next-century organic?) and an open back that exposes its mechanically brilliant rear end. BAC's goal is to so closely connect each car's driver to its tech that the idea of man becoming one with his machine will feel far more like reality than metaphor. Mono's dead center driver's seat position maintains perfect middle balance both in between its wheels and across the dimensions of the entire car. Speaking of dimensions, the Mono measures a mere 6' wide x 13' long x 3.6' tall. A high-strength carbon fiber composite built around a steel safety shell comprises its body, the latter of which has an FIA-compliant steel rollover structure, side impact structure, and front carbon crashbox.

To hit 60 in 2.8 seconds, and achieve max speeds of up to 170 mph, the Mono recruits a longitudinally-mounted 2.3-liter, 280 bhp, 4-cylinder Cosworth "power plant." It pairs with an F-3 spec, 6-speed gearbox from Hewland. Rounding out the mechanical system are a fully-adjustable pushrod suspension and AP racing brakes fitted with 295mm ventilated discs.

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