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.
I wish them the very best of luck, I really do. Not that they are going to need it, you suspect. They only problem the team at BAC has at the moment is not being able to build enough cars fast enough to satisfy the demand for them, which is always a nice problem to have. They’ve even got the residual aspect sorted, with buy back schemes and other finance ideas in place that will all but guarantee the Mono’s value, at least in the medium term.
All of a sudden, excellent sportscars like the Lotus Elise and Caterham Seven seem peculiarly old fashioned beside this extraordinary machine.