An explanation of the most remarkable overtakes that took place at the #ValenciaGP.
Introducing Mono, a lightweight, ultra high performance, road legal supercar designed and manufactured using the latest racing technology. Aimed at drivers who seek a purist driving experience and for whom design, engineering excellence and performance are of paramount importance, Mono is an aggressive design and will set a new benchmark in the small, but elite segment of radical, lightweight sports cars.
Above all else Mono has been designed to optimise the driving position – in the middle, central to the wheels, and the balance of the car.
Mono is constructed using high-strength carbon fibre composite around a steel safety cell. The cell is designed to offer maximum safety featuring a FIA compliant steel rollover structure, a sophisticated side impact structure and a front carbon crashbox.
Powering Mono is a longitudinally mounted 2.5 litre, 305 bhp four-cylinder power plant provided by Mountune. Coupled to that engine is an F-3 spec 6-speed sequential gearbox from Hewland.
Suspension is a fully-adjustable pushrod suspension with damping elements made by SACHS Racing. Fitted with 295mm ventilated discs, AP Racing brakes provide stopping power.
Tyre manufacturer Kumho has used their vast experience in motorsport and road cars to develop a special rubber compound for Mono, which is designed to work with the low weight and optimized pushrod suspension.
Mono’s central driving position makes the driver an integral component of the car, creating an unparalleled synergy between man and machine. With this in mind, each customer is fitted for his or her seat, pedal reach and preferred driving position.
The single central-seat gave our designers and project engineers the ultimate blank canvas on which to assemble their dream. The organic, enclosed front and exposed mechanical rear typifies the unique appearance of Mono. The design aesthetic is intended to combine sculpted, sleek, organic forms to provide an emotional, human connection juxtaposing the technical, mechanical elements of the car.
While this vision runs throughout Mono’s appearance it was fundamental to our designers that form follow function on all aspects of the car. The necessity to gain access to the central driving position and adjustable dampers as well as providing clean airflow to the radiators and engine are just some of the factors on which Mono’s architecture is built.
Dimensions and Weight
Overall width 1836mm
Overall length 3952mm
Ground clearance 100 mm (f) 110 mm (r)
Power to weight 525 bhp per tonne
Weight distribution 48% (f) / 52% (r)
* Dry weight and subject to options
Maximum speed 170 mph
0-60 mph 2.8 secs
Body type Ultra – lightweight carbon fibre / foam sandwich
Safety cell TIG welded cold drawn seamless tube
RACMSA & FIA compliant ROPS
Carbon fibre crash box
Side impact structure
Aero BAC / FKFS – developed & tested low drag aero package
Type Normally aspirated, structurally mounted
Displacement 2488 cc
Configuration 4 cylinder, in-line
Valve train: VVT
Bore x stroke 89 mm x 100 mm
Maximum power 305 bhp
Maximum torque 308 Nm
Construction Forged connecting rods and forged Cosworth pistons
Lubrication system Dry sump with internal scavenge pump
Camshafts Performance inlet and exhaust camshafts and uprated valve springs
Induction system Gas flowed cylinder head with roller barrel port throttles
Intake system BAC / ITG aero optimized carbon inlet, remote filtration system and carbon airbox
Exhaust BAC developed 4 into 2 into 1 stainless steel exhaust manifold and centrally mounted exhaust system
Engine management: Specialised Components Delta 800
Safety: Master Kill Switch
Clutch: AP Racing
Construction Custom alloy fabrication with internal baffles and collector system
Capacity 35 litres
Fuel pump ATL in tank high pressure fuel pump, with two stage filtration
Filler Lockable billet aluminium filler cap
Gearbox & Driveline
Model Hewland FTR, fully stressed with integral engine oil tank
Type 6 speed sequential
Differential Powerflow LSD
Ratios Final drive 9:31
1st = 12:38
2nd = 14:33
3rd = 15:27
4th = 17:25
5th = 21:26
6th = 19:21
Gear selection Shiftec electronic/pneumatic semi-automatic closed loop system operated via steering wheel mounted paddles
GCU Shiftec / Gems
Driveshafts GKN / BAC developed, low friction
Lubrication / Fluids
Type Motul developed 15W50, fully synthetic engine oil
Motul developed 300 LS 75W90 gearbox oil
Motul developed RBF 600 brake & clutch
Motul developed Inugel Optimal coolant
Type Front: Adjustable pushrod activated twin wishbone system with needle roller bearing mounted bell cranks, rising rate, optimized camber change and roll centre position, full Ackermann geometry, shim adjustable camber
Rear: Gearbox mounted, adjustable pushrod activated twin wishbone system with needle roller bearing mounted bell cranks, rising rate, optimized camber change and roll centre position, shim adjustable camber
Wishbones TIG welded seamless CFS3 steel aero tube twin wishbone
Uprights Ultra light, billet aluminium uprights front and rear
Dampers Two way adjustable Sachs racing RDS – 36 formula system**
Springs Race spec Eibach 280lb front and 325lb rear
Rising rate jounce rubbers
Anti-roll bars Adjustable front and rear torsion bar
** available as an option
Calipers AP Racing, Formula Car caliper – radial 4 piston (F & R)
Discs AP Racing, 295mm ventilated discs, crossed drilled, billet machined mounting bells (F & R)
Master cylinders AP Racing pedal box mounted, differential bore, dual circuit
Pedal box BAC designed and developed, adjustable, billet, floor mounted pedal box with ball bearing mounted billet pedals
Wheels and Tyres
Wheels (f) O.Z. Racing / BAC developed HRT alloy 7.5j x 17in
Wheels (r) O.Z. Racing / BAC developed HRT alloy 8.5j x 17in
Tyres (f) Kumho / BAC developed V70a 205/40 R17
Tyres (r) Kumho / BAC developed V70a 245/40 R17
Remote Battery Charge Socket
Seat Tillett / BAC developed fixed position carbon fibre
Trim “Extreme” waterproof leather, Microcare MC waterproof “suede”
Steering wheel BAC developed 290mm diameter billet aluminium
GEMS LDS4 colour display system
16 pin quick release steering boss
Touch sensitive starter button
Seat belts Willans safety restraint system, FIA compliant
Now this is a good way to spend a day, joining @rana65556 at Lamborghini Pangbourne to check out his brand new Aventador Miura 50 Homage. Not only that but he brought his SV Roadster along for a little drive too!
The Miura 50 Homage is a special limited edition, only 50 cars globally based on the LP700-4, it comes on offer in the 18 original Miura paint colours with the dual tone of gold or satin silver on the lower highlights.
The biggest changes come inside the motor, where a modified cylinder head sits waiting and ready to accept high lift cams (which must be ordered as part of the race kit). The tappets in the valve train get DLC coating to help reduce friction and mechanical loss, and the crank cases have been beefed up to better deal with the stress of the race tune.
The wheels have also been ditched in favor of seven-spoke Marchesini rims to shave unsprung weight which, while the same size as stock, now come wrapped in Pirelli Supercorsa SP rubber. The RR also comes with Kawasaki’s new bi-directional quickshifter that they claim allows for seamless gear shifts in both direction. That system is in addition to the pre-existing six-axis IMU that feeds the traction control, ABS, electronic engine brake control, launch control, and cornering management system.
The RR is only being made in a limited run of 500 units, and comes in the Winter Edition matte black paint and it even comes with a special key.
Okay, so maybe it isn’t quite race ready. But race kit ready is likely close enough for anyone seriously considering this thing, which hopefully at least means one of us Cycle Worlders will score a ride.