Ever since Colin Chapman made his indelible mark in the automotive world, the Brits have held a special reverence for ultralight race cars. Two such Brits are Neill and Ian Briggs, brothers from Chesire who have created a viable alternative to purchasing a Lotus 7 (with another 200 horsepower). Their creation, the BAC MONO (Briggs Automotive Company; Mono as in monoposto, or one seat), boasts a better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron, as well it should with such an unappealing name. Levity aside, the MONO is a the product of the Briggs’ brothers engineering prowess and some very impressive parts. A Cosworth-sourced engine produces 280bhp, which gets the one-seater to 60mph in an unbelievable 2.8 seconds. The naturally aspirated 2.3 liter unit is mated to a six speed sequential Hewland transmission with paddle shifting. Other premium parts include Sach adjustable dampers, AP Racing brakes, and bespoke OZ wheels with Kumho rubber. The brothers Briggs have at their disposal a complete production facility and claim to be able to produce 50 to 100 units per year, each made to order to the buyer’s specifications. With such premium performance at a relatively affordable price, it’s easy to get past the name and start searching for the deposit.

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