Track-Focused BAC Mono Gets Even Lighter With Carbon Composite Wheels
As if the BAC Mono wasn't already fast enough or crazy-looking enough, the UK-based company decided it needed to give it something a little bit extra. That extra comes in the form of carbon composite wheels. This single-seat roadster uses a carbon fiber composite over a steel chassis inspired by DTM racecars and is—despite how it looks—completely street legal. It's really engineered for the track, though, with a top speed of 185 mph from a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. RELATED: See Images of the 2013 BAC Mono
With that performance in mind, BAC designed its new wheel to complement the car's looks, but with a focus on improving its performance. They teamed up with Dymag to design 17-inch carbon composite wheels with curved corners to improve their strength. The goal was to reduce unsprung weight.
The front 7.5 x 17 wheels weigh 12.56 pounds for a 23.5 percent weight reduction on the front axle. The rear wheels are wider at 9 inches, but even at 13.23 pounds, they still reduce weight on that axle by 22.9 percent. They also made the wheel bolts out of titanium for extra weight savings.
You can add these wheels to your BAC Mono for $14,740 on a new car, or have them retrofitted to your existing car for $18.517.
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