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A look at the good-looking BAC Mono (pictures)

The BAC Mono is one of the most capable track day cars that you can legally drive on public roads. It may also be one of the best-looking cars ever built.

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Drew Stearne
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Some have likened the black and white styling of the Mono to that of an Imperial Stormtrooper.
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Although BAC has now found a more permanent home in Liverpool, the first cars were developed in their spiritual home of Cheshire.
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The small but dedicated team builds each car to its owner's measurements.
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The small factory may look busy but is highly efficient.
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Even in its skeletal state, the Mono looks aggressive.
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Its rollover bars are FIA compliant.
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Even when the car is complete, most of the mechanical components remain visible.
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F1 style pushrod suspension is becoming more common in the highest echelon of track-focused road cars.
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Instead of hiding away the mechanics of the car, BAC prefers them to be on show -- partly because it looks awesome, but also for easy adjustment.
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The name refers to monopostal, referring to motorcycles that seat only one person.
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Cosworth provides the 2.3-litre, 285 bhp engine.
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No matter where the Mono is parked, it draws attention.
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The stunning design leaves no doubt that this car has been built for speed.
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Welsh mountain roads are a perfect place to take the Mono for a ride.
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As fun as it is to take the Mono out on public roads, it is, of course, built for the track, and that's where you need to take it if you going to come anywhere near to challenging it.
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The car, obviously, has draw backs in terms of practicality. You can drive it to your favourite track, race it, and drive it home. However, if you needed to stay overnight, you'd be limited to a change of underwear and a toothbrush for luggage.
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It became difficult to photograph the car when parked in public areas; crowds gathered the moment we pulled up and camera phones came out almost immediately.
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All the controls for the Mono are on the steering wheel. Once removed there are no other buttons, switches, or levers in the cabin.

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