Proof that being obsessed about something isn't necessarily bad.
The engineers from Liverpool-based Briggs Automotive Company have a fixation with making the Mono as light as possible, even though the hardcore track toy is already a featherweight champion at just 580 kilograms (1,278 pounds, dry). After developing carbon-composite wheels, BAC has done it yet again, this time by becoming the first manufacturer in the world to use graphene for some of the body panels of what it describes as being “world’s only road-legal, single-seater supercar.”
It was possible by teaming up with Haydale Composite Solutions to jointly develop rear wheel arches made out of graphene. In general, using graphene brings 20-percent weight savings and a 200-percent boost in strength compared to steel. For those unfamiliar with graphene, it’s made by joining one-atom-thick sheets of carbon and is considerably lighter than the conventional carbon fiber found on many of today’s supercars.
You can imagine extending the applicability of graphene on more body panels would enable a significant diet compared to the standard Mono, and at the same time would improve overall body strength. BAC explains the rear wheel arches are the first to receive the graphene treatment due to the size and complexity of the body part. In addition, these are the most suitable to test the manufacturing process and also check how graphene fits in with the Mono.
While it may be too soon to put graphene on a car because of the high production costs, it is however yet another sign that BAC is dead serious about shaving off weight which consequently pays dividends in terms of performance and fuel economy.