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mountune-powered BAC Mono R wins GQ track car of the year award

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Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) is celebrating its record-breaking Mono R winning the Track Car of the Year Award at the prestigious GQ Car Awards 2021.

First revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019, the fully street-legal Mono R serves as The New Reference – the very pinnacle of design, innovation and engineering in the automotive industry.

It sports a stunning new generation of Mono DNA, features revolutionary new materials and technology and offers world-beating performance on the road and track. It’s no stranger to high-profile accolades and records, either…

R’s 2.5-litre engine delivers an astonishing 343bhp, which results in a specific output of 138bhp per litre – a new global record for a road-legal production car. Elsewhere, it’s the first production supercar in the world to feature nano element graphene in its panels, making it a true feat of innovation.

GQ Car Awards 2021 panellists Nikki Shields, Paul Ainsworth, Tom Kerridge and Michael Caines were blown away by the concept and delivery of Mono R, which showed a clean pair of heels to its rivals to scoop the award.

British GQ Automotive Editor Paul Henderson and Columnist Jason Barlow commented: “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. 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 unimproveable, 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.”

Neill Briggs, Co-Founder and Director of Product Development at BAC, added: “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. 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.”

David Mountain, mountune founder also added: "Developing the normally aspirated Mono R engine to such a high output (343bhp) whilst still retaining good drivability for road and track use has been an exciting challenge that we've certainly relished. Working with BAC over the years on their fabulous cars has been fantastic and the dedication to design, quality and sheer performance makes the BAC Mono R a very special car indeed. For GQ to recognise this as they have, is certainly a befitting accolade."