During the 2023 Monterey Car Week in California, the freshly updated BAC Mono single-seat sports car was revealed on Friday. This latest version maintains the same central seating arrangement for the driver and minimalistic bodywork as its predecessors but introduces a sleeker design with more rounded surfaces and a new rear spoiler that emerges from the back fenders.
The BAC has reverted to a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, akin to the original 2011 Mono engine. This engine replaces the 2.3-liter turbo-4, derived from the Ford Mustang EcoBoost, which was implemented in a 2020 update. The new engine offers 311 hp, 21 hp less than the previous turbocharged variant, coupled with a 6-speed sequential gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.
Weighing in at an estimated 1,257 pounds, the Mono boasts a rapid 0-60 mph time of only 2.7 seconds, a figure consistent with the previous model. This lightweight design is supported by body panels infused with graphene, contributing to a 41/59 front/rear weight distribution as claimed by BAC.
The Mono also features a modified suspension system with adjustable pushrod-activated double-wishbone suspension at both ends. Adjustments to the suspension geometry have resulted in 50% more anti-dive in the front and 50% more anti-squat in the rear, enhancing overall body control, as stated by the manufacturer.
Production is already underway at BAC’s plant in Liverpool, U.K., and the company has started accepting orders globally. The first delivery is set to occur immediately following the unveiling. Although pricing details and the specific timeline for U.S. availability were not disclosed, it’s worth noting that BAC first sold the Mono in the U.S. through an importer before establishing an official U.S. division in 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about BAC Mono
What’s new in the updated BAC Mono unveiled at the 2023 Monterey Car Week?
The updated BAC Mono retains the central seating arrangement but introduces a sleeker design with more rounded surfaces and a new rear spoiler. BAC has also switched back to a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, similar to the original 2011 Mono engine. The suspension has been modified, and there are improvements in body control as well.
When is the new BAC Mono expected to be delivered?
Production has already begun, and the first delivery is scheduled for immediately after the unveiling. However, specific timelines for U.S. availability have not been disclosed.
What is the engine configuration of the new BAC Mono?
The new BAC Mono uses a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that produces 311 hp. This replaces the previous 2.3-liter turbo-4 derived from the Ford Mustang EcoBoost.
How does the new BAC Mono’s performance compare to its predecessor?
The new BAC Mono has a 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds, the same as the previous version, but the engine’s horsepower is down 21 hp from the previous turbo engine.
Where is the BAC Mono being manufactured?
Production of the BAC Mono is taking place at BAC’s facility in Liverpool, U.K.
Is there any information on the price or specific U.S. availability date for the updated BAC Mono?
No, pricing details and the specific timeline for U.S. availability were not discussed in the announcement.