Take a silly little car with no doors or windows and stick in a fairly big, powerful engine. It’s a formula that’s worked for the likes of the Ariel Atom and this, the BAC Mono.
But now BAC has decided a 284hp 2.3-litre Cosworth engine isn’t big or powerful enough. So for the 2016 model year, it’s fitting a 2.5-litre Mountune engine producing a bonkers 309hp.
Performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but it’s fair to say it’s going to be very fast.
So fast, in fact, that during testing, driver Oliver Webb unofficially broke a record – completing the Goodwood hillclimb in 47.9 seconds.
That puts the Mono ahead of the Noble M600, Lexus LF-A and Porsche 918.
Webb said: “It’s always a privilege to drive at Goodwood and particularly to be entrusted to give the 2016 Mono its world debut in the ‘First Glance Class’. As Goodwood regulars will know, this class is not timed, but our onboard telemetry showed that all of our runs were comfortably sub-50 seconds.
“Our time would have been faster than the quickest time set in this year’s supercar shootout and would have even beaten the fastest road car time ever recorded on the hillclimb, by the mighty Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack. Clearly our times were unofficial, but I would love to come back next year and challenge for the record officially, on new tyres and with our latest-spec Mountune engine.”
BAC has recently opened a new factory in Liverpool, where one car per month can be produced. Located close to Liverpool Airport, the company uses its runway to test and shake-down customer cars.