British manufacturer BAC has revised its lightweight Mono sports car to offer more space in the cockpit. The company claims the updated chassis has increased the width of the cabin by 56mm, which should help the Mono appeal to a wider audience.
The car’s exterior dimensions and weight (580kg dry) are unchanged, but by moving the sides of the tubular steel safety cell outwards and fitting slimmer side panels BAC has been able to free up the additional space without disturbing the car’s aerodynamics.
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The single-seater track car’s performance is unchanged, too. Powered by a 305bhp four-cylinder 2.5-litre Mountune engine, it’ll hit 60mph from standstill in 2.8 seconds and power on to 170mph.
‘This upgrade is intended to make the most of the space for the driver,’ says BAC co-founder Ian Briggs. ‘The changes will widen the appeal of the Mono, particularly as we expand into new markets such as America and the Far East.’
The new Mono goes on sale in summer 2016, costing £120,000 plus VAT.
evo's Jethro Bovingdon tested the BAC Mono back in 2013 and had this to say about it:
"the 540kg Mono is simply stunning. It rides bumps like a Lotus, the steering is pinpoint-precise and wriggles with feedback and the car changes direction like nothing else. The Mono isn’t a downforce car, but such is the mechanical grip it feels like one and you find yourself scanning the road ahead and wondering… ‘is that flat?’ The answer is invariably yes, so pretty quickly you’re snapping through the gears, the engine screaming towards the limiter and you find yourself attacking fifth-gear turns with all of your bravery."
Watch the Mono in action in the video below.