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New BAC Mono Breaks Goodwood Hillclimb Record

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Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) introduced their new 2016 Mono at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, and it unofficially broke the road car record on the hillclimb, with a time of 47.9 seconds.

On top of their hillclimb runs, BAC enjoyed a productive FoS, as the Liverpool-based manufacturer was able to meet enthusiasts and showcase their cars, including a cutaway chassis.

The car that broke this record was the 2016 model year BAC Mono driven by test driver Oliver Webb. New for this car will be the 2.5 litre Mountune four cylinder engine, which produces 305 bhp, a considerable improvement on the existing 2.3 litre Cosworth machine.

More impressively, though, is that Webb’s car had a pre-production prototype engine and so he wasn’t trying for record hillclimb times.

Previously, the Mono has shown its ability on the Top Gear test track where it is the second fastest road legal car on the leaderboard. Incredibly, Webb also lapped the Hungaroring almost five seconds faster than a McLaren P1.

“It’s always a privilege to drive at Goodwood and particularly to be entrusted to give the 2016 Model Year Mono its world debut in the ‘First Glance Class’,” said Webb. “As Goodwood regulars will know, this class is not timed but our onboard telemetry showed that all of our runs were comfortably sub 50-seconds. 

“Our time would have been faster than the quickest time set in this year’s supercar shoot out and would have even beaten the fastest road car time ever recorded on the hillclimb, by the mighty Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack.  Clearly our times were unofficial, but I would love to come back next year and challenge for the record officially, on new tyres and with our latest-spec Mountune engine.”

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