BAC Mono R Smashes Production Car Lap Record at Red Bull Ring

The BAC Mono has added another production car lap record to its trophy cabinet, as the Mono R has set the fastest lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring.

It’s the latest record captured by the Mono, with the first-generation car holding fastest laps at Hungaroring in Hungary, Circuit Zolder in Belgium, and Malaysia’s Sepang, as well as topping the Evo lap board at Anglesey, the Top Gear Test Track in Surrey, and Goodwood’s hillclimb.

The British built single-seater was in Austria as part of the Pirelli P Zero Experience Central Europe, a gathering of supercar enthusiasts in the area for an experience at the F1 circuit.

That gave BAC, and British Mercedes factory GT3 driver Adam Christodoulou, the chance to attack the Red Bull Ring – in the Styrian mountains near Spielberg – in the limited-run Mono R.

The R is both lighter and more powerful than the standard Mono, with 343hp from the Mountune-tweaked Ford 2.5-lite Duratec engine, and the graphene-enhanced carbon fibre body helping to shave 25kg from the already lightweight Mono.

Despite the elevation changes on the already high circuit, some 700m above sea level, having an impact on the Mono R’s naturally aspirated engine, Christodoulou was able to average 122mph, recording a lap time of 1’32.96.

Incredibly, that shaved 5.99 seconds off the previous record, set in 2015 by German racing driver Hubert Haupt in the 950hp Ferrari LaFerrari hypercar:

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