BAC Mono R wins Track Car of the Year at prestigious GQ Car Awards

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) was left celebrating yet another award after its ground-breaking Mono R was voted Track Car of the Year at the prestigious GQ Car Awards 2021.

BAC, partnered by Acronis, are no strangers to success having also received awards from the likes of Top Gear for the first generation of the Mono.

Taking things a step further, the BAC Mono R is the first production car to incorporate nano element graphene in its body panels contributing to a remarkable weight of just 555kg. Coupled with the new 343bhp 2-5 litre engine, that creates a power-to-weight ratio of 618bhp-per-tonne – a new global record for a road-legal production car.

“It’s a huge honour for us to win such a high-profile award for Mono R; special thanks to British GQ for giving Mono R the recognition its brilliance deserves,” commented Neill Briggs, Co-Founder and Director of Product Development at BAC.

“We’re incredibly proud of everything about R – design, innovation, performance and driving experience – and it’s incredible to see that officially recognised in the form of another prestigious award. Winning GQ’s Track Car of the Year Award means beating some seriously stiff competition, which is a wonderful feeling.”

Motorsport Technology recently spoke to Ian Briggs, Director of Design for BAC, about the ethos of BAC – to deliver the experience of driving as a sport in its purest form. And that ethos certainly wasn’t lost on the GQ panel when they delivered their verdict.

Ian Briggs, BAC Co-Founder and Design Director with the groundbreaking Mono

“When the Briggs brothers – one a gifted engineer, the other a brilliant designer – alighted on the idea of re-creating the single-seater racing experience in a road-legal car, it could have been a fast but fragile one-trick pony,” commented British GQ Automotive Editor Paul Henderson and Columnist Jason Barlow.

“A decade and 100-plus cars later, the Mono R lands, sporting 44 new, bespoke carbon-fibre parts, each one enhanced with graphene for extra strength and even less weight. The car’s ingeniously skeletal form was unimprovable, but it really is all new.

“The most visible addition is the ram intake, which delivers more high-pressure cold air to the Mountune-supplied 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and ups the power output to 343bhp. Given that it weighs a scant 555kg, we’re talking a power-to-weight ratio of 618bhp per tonne. And that is the stat to end all stats.”

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