It’s one week now since I drove the Mono but my brain is still fizzing from the experience. To be honest, I’ve never driven anything quite like this car, and I now believe that it represents one of those rare moments, one that may alter the course of sportscar design in a small but significant way.
Because when you think about it, and more to the point once you’ve experienced what such a machine feels like first hand, the idea of a single seater high performance road car now seems so obvious it hurts. Quite why it hasn’t been tried before is, with hindsight, a mystery. But like all the best ideas, the purity and relevance of the Mono only seems obvious now that it’s upon us.
It takes a rare, if not unique combination of attributes to come up with something that’s as fresh, and as ballsy, as the Mono. Not just design and engineering skill but guts and a certain confidence in your own imagination, plus a decent slug of finance to go with it – and the folks at BAC (predominantly Neill Briggs and his brother Ian plus a half handful of other engineers) would appear to have all the above in abundance.