BAC Mono R sets 1:15.03 lap time at Goodwood Motor Circuit

3rd June 2021

BAC’s limited-edition Mono R supercar has lived up to its billing and set The New Reference for a lap time at the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit.

The 343bhp, 555kg supercar lapped the 2.4-mile track in an astonishing 1:15.03 on fully road-legal Pirelli P Zero tyres – averaging a remarkable 115mph during the run.

British racing driver Oliver Webb was at the wheel for the lap, and he’s no stranger to BAC success at Goodwood, either – having been behind the wheel of Mono for its revered 2017 victory in the famous Hillclimb.

R’s lap is made even more incredible by the fact it’s a mere 5.12 seconds off the outright official Goodwood circuit record of 1:09.91, set by the Arrows-Ford A11 Formula One car in the recent SpeedWeek Shootout.

One of the most exclusive supercars ever made, Mono R was on location at Goodwood as part of an official track day and customer handover, where a lucky R owner got the keys to their new supercar and allowed Webb to crown the occasion in style.

The lap record was filmed and timed by Briggs Automotive Company and therefore has not been officially clocked by Goodwood.

Notes to Editors

Key Statistics

Top Speed: 170mph
0-60mph: 2.5 seconds
Power: 343bhp
Weight: 555kg
Power-to-Weight ratio: 618bhp-per-tonne
Specific Output: 137bhp per litre
Price: from £190,950

Mono R serves as The New Reference – the very pinnacle of design, innovation and engineering. It sports a stunning new generation of Mono DNA, features revolutionary new materials and technology and offers world-beating performance on the road and track.

R is 38bhp more powerful and 25kg lighter than the standard Mono, at 343bhp and 555kg – equating to a truly remarkable power-to-weight ratio of 618bhp-per-tonne.

Although still undeniably Mono, the R sports a stunning new generation of the single-seater’s design DNA. A brand new approach to body engineering has seen all surfaces designed from scratch and 44 bespoke carbon parts restyled to give the car a more aggressive, organic and futuristic stance.

The striking new look of Mono R is defined by the imposing shark nose front, which epitomises true efficiency of form courtesy of a sleek and homogeneous redesign. Main beam LED headlights centrally mounted on the nose are a distinguishing feature that reduce the frontal area and contribute to a more minimalist appearance.

Mono R’s sleeker and tighter appearance has been achieved by reductions in visible mass across the full body; plus there’s been a 20mm reduction in overall height and a 25mm increase in length over the standard Mono.

Having set The New Reference for design, BAC’s talented engineers have ensured Mono R breaks new ground with its engine, too. Co-developed with long-standing engine partner Mountune, the Mono’s 2.5-litre, four-cylinder unit has increased in power by 38bhp to deliver an astonishing 343bhp.

BAC and Mountune left no stone unturned when it came to meeting power targets: increasing the cylinder bore size and reducing new billet crankshaft stroke to optimise power and torque delivery and increase rpm from 7,800rpm to 8,800rpm.

The striking new Formula-inspired ram-air inlet system provides pressurised air into an all-new throttle body and cylinder head system to further increase power, plus a higher-spec, drive-by-wire motor allows for a quicker throttle response.

As a result, the bespoke Mountune engine now offers 138bhp per litre – a new naturally aspirated global record for a road-legal model.

Mono R is the first production car in the world fully incorporating the use of graphene-enhanced carbon fibre in every body panel. Using the revolutionary material enhances the structural properties of the fibre to make panels stronger and lighter with improved mechanical and thermal performance. 

The brand’s latest world first comes as a result of a successful APC-funded Research & Development project into the production-readiness of graphene. Working alongside Haydale and Pentaxia through the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN), BAC is now launching the advantages into series production.

Mono R is one of the most exclusive supercars ever made, with a total of just 30 models being produced and sold to existing Mono customers around the globe.

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