The ultralight British-produced sports racer is now evo magazine’s quickest around the Anlesey Circuit – taking down the record held until now by a McLaren P1 GTR by an entire second.
With journalist and well known historic racer Richard Meaden behind the wheel, the British-made Mono took down the Anglesey Coastal Circuit – evo’s preferred test track – in 1:07.70, a whole second faster than what the giant McLaren P1 GTR achieved just last month. The Coastal layout at the Anglesey Circuit, which got its name from its island home just off the coast of Wales, is very fast, technical and has a tricky downhill corkscrew near the end of the 1.55-mile (2.49 kilometers) lap. The overall lap record is of 1:01.741, set by club racer Sylvester Mullins in a Judd-engined Gould GR37 single-seater.
More importantly, unlike the former or even the McLaren P1 GTR, the Mono is road legal – and the hypercar gang made out of the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder don’t even come close, being more than three-and-a-half seconds slower than the little Mono. The second generation Bac Mono has a Ford Duratec-based, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, built by Mountune, cooked at 309 horsepower (230 kilowatts) and 229 pound-feet (310 Newton meters) of torque. But the real magic is in the weight – as the Mono tips the scales at just 1,279 pounds (580 kilograms).