The new BAC Mono certainly lives up to its reputation of being the world’s most hardcore, street-legal single-seater.
“It was the car that made me understand ‘race car for the street,'” said one Team Speed editor when this video landed in his inbox. After all, he had the chance to pilot the previous generation BAC Mono, and he often describes it as an out-of-this-world experience.
Behold the new, upgraded, improved 2017 model. Like most commoner vehicles, the Mono has grown wiser with age and is now even more enjoyable than it was before. According to this stunning production by Carfection,the 287-horsepower 2.3-liter Cosworth engine has been replaced by a 305-horsepower, 2.5-liter Mountune engine. The powerplant remains naturally aspirated and paired to the F3-derived Hewland six-speed gearbox.
It’s difficult to set engine specifications aside on such a radical machine like the BAC Mono, but if there’s one piece of footage out there that’ll do that, it’s this one. Filmed at the Isle of Man, BAC set out to give their owners a taste of the famous unrestricted rolling roads of the island. The video host was invited to tag along for the ride and experience the upcoming 2017 model.
The adventure began at a racetrack adjacent to the Isle of Man Motor Museum, where folks had the chance to explore their machines in a safe environment without rocky cliffs and telephone posts to worry about. As the host points out, the 2017 Mono differs from its predecessor by offering a six-way, tunable traction control system. Something which he found rather odd given the Mono’s pedigree.
Needless to say, that sounds quite different from the Mono our editor had the chance to test drive. Perhaps it’s more civilized?