Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) brought with them a new version of the world’s fanciest sports car – they are from Cheshire, you know – the Mono to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Boasting an all-new engine, the 2016 BAC Mono set a new hill climb record in its first outing at the Festival.
The Mono completed the Goodwood course in a mind-bogglingly quick 47.9 seconds, shattering the previous road car record belonging to Nissan GT-R Time Attack. Trouble is though, it was an unofficial run in a pre-production car, so it doesn’t count.
The 2016 BAC Mono comes with a 2.5-litre Mountune four-cylinder engine producing 305bhp which is a full 25bhp more than what the previous 2.3 liter unit offered. Taking into account the 580 kg weight of the car, that means this handsome devil has a power-to-weight ratio of 526bhp per tonne.
Oliver Webb, the test driver who set the incredible time in the Mono, commented, “It’s always a privilege to drive at Goodwood and particularly to be entrusted to give the 2016 Model Year Mono its world debut in the ‘First Glance Class’. As Goodwood regulars will know, this class is not timed but our onboard telemetry showed that all of our runs were comfortably sub 50-seconds. Our time would have been faster than the quickest time set in this year’s supercar shoot out and would have even beaten the fastest road car time ever recorded on the hillclimb, by the mighty Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack. Clearly our times were unofficial, but I would love to come back next year and challenge for the record officially, on new tyres and with our latest-spec Mountune engine.”