British engineer brothers aim to bring formula car handling and performance to the streets - and at a reasonable price too.

This is the BAC MONO - a car that aims to bring formula car capabilities down to a more democratic level (and for public consumption).

The brothers Neill and Ian Briggs of Cheshire, United Kingdom, founders of the Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), have conceived of this as a road-going car and, yes, it's street legal.

The BAC MONO, short for monoposto (single-seat), is fitted with a 280 bhp ( 209 kW / 285 PS) 2.3 liter normally-aspirated Cosworth engine, longitudinally mounted, coupled to a six-speed sequential gearbox from Hewland with a limited-slip differential.

Suspension is a rose-jointed and aero-profiled pushrod set up with adjustable dampers from Sachs Racing.

Brakes are by AP Racing while the HRT alloy wheels come courtesy of OZ Racing wrapped in Kumho tires. Electronics and instruments are supplied by GEMS.

And now for the numbers:

Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) clocks in at 2.8 seconds and the car reaches 100 mph (160 km/h) in just 6.7 seconds. Top speed is 170 mph (273 km/h) - a little hampered by the laws of physics on that 2.3 liter unit.

But the car boasts a bhp to weight ratio of 520 bhp / ton - more than the Bugatti Veyron.

The driver is secured by a six-point harness from Williams and there's a lock box for storing a helmet and the removable steering wheel.

"MONO is the culmination of a 12-year dream for us - the car we wanted to own but nobody else made," says Neill Briggs.

BAC says it has the capacity to build between 50 and 100 units a year of the MONO.

The MONO is priced at £79,950 (€91,998 / $128,513), including taxes in the U.K.

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