Revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016, the BAC Mono is now powered by a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developed by mountune, BAC’s official technical partner. The new engine - derived from Ford’s Duratec unit - produces 305bhp and 227lb ft of torque, which BAC says is enough to get the Mono to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds.
The car has a top speed of 170mph, with the Mono’s old 2.3-litre four-cylinder Cosworth engine producing 280bhp and 206lb ft. The new power plant has also contributed to an increase in the car’s kerb weight, which rises to 580kg compared to the 540kg of the previous Mono.
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton had the opportunity to check out the home-grown mountune powered BAC Mono at the University of Manchester. The latest Mono was also being showcased at the university's National Graphene Institute and is the first car in the world to use graphene in its production process, featuring the lightweight material in the rear wheel arches. BAC claims that the graphene it uses is significantly lighter and stronger than carbon fiber and has 200 times the strength of steel.
While many carmakers source components from countries where labour is cheap, 95 per cent of the Mono's parts come from suppliers in the United Kingdom, including their 2.5L Duratec engine built by the Racing Team at mountune HQ in Essex, UK.