Whoa! New Mono R a road-legal F1 car

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) has officially launched the all-new Mono R – a higher-performance, lighter and more advanced new generation of the iconic Mono. The Mono R serves as The New Reference – the very pinnacle of design, innovation and engineering.

It sports a new generation of Mono DNA, features revolutionary new materials and technology and offers world-beating performance on the road and track. The R is 26kW more powerful and 25kg lighter than the standard Mono, at 253kW and 555kg – equating to a truly remarkable power-to-weight ratio of 612bhp-per-tonne.

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. Ahead of its launch at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019, the full production run of Mono R has sold out worldwide.

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Design

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.

The new nose coupled with the Formula-inspired ram-air inlet system issue a hint at the R’s performance potential, while the upper body design is more slender and organic to enhance aerodynamics. Lower down on the R, all technical surfaces are thinner and more blade-like to effectively sculpt and divert airflow.

The 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.

The R has been the subject of numerous aerodynamic enhancements, with more efficient front arches and wider sidepods as well as a larger and more aerodynamically efficient rear spoiler extending over the rear arches.

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Power

Having set The New Reference for design, BAC’s talented engineers have ensured the 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 35bhp to deliver an astonishing 253kW.

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 136bhp per litre – a new naturally-aspirated global record for a road-legal model.

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Key Statistics:

Top speed: 275km/h

0-100km/h: 2.5 seconds

Power: 253kW

Weight: 555kg

Power-to-Weight ratio: 456kW-per-tonne

Price: from £190,950 (approx. R3 043 281)