By Henry Sands
This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
“It is time for a global Britain” was a frequent rallying cry for leave campaigners during 2016’s European Union referendum in the UK, and one year on, the world is starting to see just what a ‘global Britain’ actually looks like. The UK’s vote to leave the EU has transformed every British diplomat, politician and CEO into a traveling salesman, peddling British wares to every part of the world.
As a Brit myself, I welcome this heightened focus on British export; from Rolls-Royce engines to a pair of Purdeys, Brits have a long heritage in luxury craftsmanship. And currently there are few examples of British craftsmanship at its best more compelling than the BAC Mono supercar.
Thanks partly to the two-time All-Star baseball player, CJ Wilson, who is a long-time car racer and has just reached a multi-level dealership agreement with BAC, the Liverpool-manufactured supercar has now arrived in the US. So what can you expect from this new export? Well, unlike most high-end cars, the BAC Mono has absolutely nothing to do with transport. With a single seat and no storage space, this car is not designed for a romantic weekend drive up the Pacific Coast.
The BAC Mono is a pure, unadulterated, raw-driving supercar that is probably as close as most people are likely to ever get to driving a Formula-level car. As you would expect, it is extremely fast; it does 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, and certainly looks and feels more like a track car than something you would expect to have on the road.
When BAC founder, Ian Briggs, designed the car, he sought his inspiration “not from any other car, but from examining spaceships and superyachts,” and the Mono is the result of this vision.
Weighing only 1,190lbs, the very low center of gravity provides extraordinary balance, which enables it to drive as effectively on a country lane as it does on a mountain pass.
There is little practical point to owning the BAC Mono, but where’s the fun in always following logic? It’s a dirty little secret, which anyone with a desire for pure driving should experience.