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BAC introduces higher-performance, lighter Mono R with 3D printed parts [new photos]

Both DSM's Novamid CF10 filament and clear durable resin XC 11122 materials were used

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) has officially launched the all-new Mono R – a higher-performance, lighter and more advanced new generation of the iconic Mono. Mono R features parts 3D printed using DSM filaments and resins and offers world-beating performance on the road and track.

R is 35bhp more powerful and 25kg lighter than the standard Mono, at 340b hp and 555 kg – equating to a remarkable power-to-weight ratio of 612bhp-per-tonne. Mono R is one of the most exclusive supercars ever made, with a total of just 30 models being produced and sold to existing Mono customers around the globe. Ahead of its launch at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019, the full production run of Mono R has sold out worldwide.

“Today marks a monumental step in the history of Briggs Automotive Company,” Ian Briggs, Design Director at BAC, commented. “Not only have we become a multi-product brand for the first time, but we’ve done so with a truly remarkable feat of engineering, design and innovation in the Mono R. It’s the first time since we first laid plans for Mono a decade ago that we’ve designed something brand new – and that’s testament to the success of the business and Mono that we’ve reached this point. Mono R has been many, many years in the making, with thousands upon thousands of hours of research and work going into it – and we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for creating the most extreme Mono in the flesh and under the skin.”

Mono R Design

Although still undeniably Mono, the R sports a stunning new generation of the single-seaters design DNA. A brand new approach to body engineering has seen all surfaces designed from scratch and 44 bespoke carbon parts restyled to give the car a more aggressive, organic and futuristic stance.

The new look of Mono R is defined by the imposing shark nose front, which epitomizes true efficiency of form courtesy of a sleek and homogeneous redesign. The main beam LED headlights centrally mounted on the nose are a distinguishing feature that reduces the frontal area and contribute to a more minimalist appearance.

Mono R
The BAC Mono R features new, 3D-printed air inlets that are lighter, more durable, and more cost-effective to produce than traditional inlets.

The new nose coupled with the Formula-inspired ram-air inlet system issue a hint at the R’s phenomenal performance potential, while the upper body design is more slender and organic to enhance aerodynamics. Lower down on the R, all technical surfaces are thinner and more blade-like to effectively sculpt and divert airflow.

Mono R’s sleeker and tighter appearance has been achieved by reductions in visible mass across the full body; plus there’s been a 20mm reduction in overall height and a 25mm increase in length over the standard Mono. The R has been the subject of numerous aerodynamic enhancements, with more efficient front arches and wider sidepods as well as a larger and more aerodynamically efficient rear spoiler extending over the rear arches.

New LED lights, twin-strut wing mirrors, rear crash box and a narrower tail incorporating new LED combination fog and reverse lights complete the exquisite look. Inside, the Mono R remains a perfect canvas for customer personalization, plus there’s a new-look, race-inspired, even lighter steering wheel and optional carbon interior side panels.

“Welcome to Mono R – The New Reference. This car is the ultimate benchmark-setter in terms of design, engineering and performance; that much is evident from the fact we sold out our full run of 30 models almost immediately to our very lucky current customers, who have a real treat in store when they get behind the wheel,” said Neill Briggs, BAC’s Director of Product Development. “It’s a result of exceptional teamwork by all of our employees, suppliers and partners and something for everyone associated with BAC to be extremely proud of. Mono R sets The New Reference as the pinnacle of what’s possible from a supercar, but also for what’s following from BAC in years to come – these are very exciting times indeed.”

Mono R Power

Having set The New Reference for design, BAC’s engineers have ensured Mono R breaks new ground with its engine, too. Co-developed with long-standing engine partner Mountune, the Mono’s 2.5-litre, the four-cylinder unit has increased in power by 35bhp to deliver an impressive 340bhp. BAC and Mountune left no stone unturned when it came to meeting power targets: increasing the cylinder bore size and reducing new billet crankshaft stroke to optimize power and torque delivery and increase rpm from 7,800rpm to 8,800rpm.

Mono R
The BAC Mono R’s steering wheel features 3D-printed grips that are custom-made for the driver.

The new Formula-inspired ram-air inlet system provides pressurized air into an all-new throttle body and cylinder head system to further increase power, plus a higher-spec, drive-by-wire motor allows for quicker throttle response. As a result, the bespoke Mountune engine now offers 136bhp per litre – a new naturally aspirated global record for a road-legal model.

Mono R Innovation

Mono R is the first production car in the world fully incorporating the use of graphene-enhanced carbon fiber in every body panel. Using the revolutionary material enhances the structural properties of the fiber to make panels stronger and lighter with improved mechanical and thermal performance.

The brand’s latest world first comes as a result of a successful APC-funded Research & Development project into the production-readiness of graphene. Working alongside Haydale and Pentaxia through the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN), BAC is now launching the advantages into series production.

Mono R
DSM and BAC are exploring the design and production of 3D printed parts incorporating new, organic shapes and hollow internal structures.

BAC has also teamed up with global science corporation DSM to use additive manufacturing for the first time on Mono R. By 3D printing parts using high-performance polymers (Novamid CF10 filament and clear durable resin XC 11122), BAC has been able to reduce the design-to-manufacture timeframes of complex geometrical components as well as save further weight.

Elsewhere, magnesium chassis and transmission components combine to reduce mass and improve weight distribution, while new carbon-ceramic brakes – which save 2.55kg of unsprung mass per corner – are fitted as standard. Add all of this to a new titanium exhaust system, lighter AP Racing brake calipers and an all-new carbon floor, and Mono R weighs in at a significant 25kg less than the standard Mono, at just 555kg.

Ultimate Driving Experience

Mono R achieves the ultimate driving experience not only with its remarkable power and innovation but also through various subtle vehicle dynamic enhancements. Suspension geometry has been optimized to reduce pitch under braking, with increased anti-dive at the front and anti-squat at the rear maximizing traction, while two-way adjustable dampers from renowned Swedish experts Öhlins feature for the first time.

Mono RThe fuel tank has increased in volume and been lowered and the battery has been repositioned to the center of the car underneath the driver for optimum balance – thus lowering the center of gravity and improving weight distribution to near-perfect proportions.

The vehicle dynamic improvements combine to reduce braking distances and weight transfer, helping to deliver sharper turn-in, provide better rotation at the apex and better traction out of corners – aided by specially homologated Pirelli Trofeo R tires being fitted as standard on all Mono R models.

This together with lighter weight, more power and more efficient aerodynamics mean BAC has found the perfect recipe for ultimate success: faster lap times on the track and world-beating, head-turning driving experience on the road – The New Reference for what a driving machine can offer.

Key Statistics: 
Top Speed: 170mph
0-60mph: 2.5 seconds
Power: 340bhp
Weight: 555kg
Power-to-Weight ratio: 612bhp-per-tonne
Price: from £190,950
First deliveries: Q4 2019

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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