The BAC team has enjoyed a phenomenally successful Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016, thrilling fans on the hill climb and at its popular stand.
Official BAC test driver Oliver Webb braved all weathers to storm up the hill in a fantastically competitive time in the Mono’s newly formed class – Race Cars for the Road. Despite tricky, wet and changeable conditions throughout the weekend, Oliver kept the Mono consistently at the top of its class.
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The weather finally cleared up for the last run of the weekend, even if it was still slightly greasy on the track, which allowed Oliver a chance to really attack the course. The result was a time under 50 seconds, which would have been good for a place on the podium in the final shootout, behind the 46.29sec of the hill-climb special 806bhp Subaru Impreza ‘Gobstopper II’ and the 47.07sec of the McLaren P1 LM. The time was particularly impressive given the Mono was set up for road use and was wearing standard road-legal tyres.
BAC also enjoyed a busy and entertaining time on the stand, with fans, famous faces, media and owners all soaking up the atmosphere, getting up close to the car and meeting the team behind it. The Red Arrows team, Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper, World Rallycross driver Andreas Bakkerud, and Monster athletes ‘Buttsy’ Butler and mountain bike star Sam Reynolds all spent time with the team.
The weekend proved fantastically successful for BAC, with customers coming from all around the world to look at the car, meet the team and place orders. This resulted in a record number of sales over the weekend, while a significant number of UK demonstration days were booked, which will allow more people to experience the thrill of driving a Mono. The cars ordered over the weekend will be heading to a diverse range of countries, including the Lebanon, Belgium and the UK, showing BAC’s global appeal and international growth. Stand visitors were able to take a close look at the customer cars on display, which were on show before heading off to their new owners in Japan, the UK and Hong Kong.
The stand was the largest in BAC’s history at the Festival of Speed, with three cars on display, and a large outdoor area where guests were able to soak up the sun. A Mountune engine also proved a great hit with guests, allowing people to study the bespoke Alunox titanium exhaust. BAC’s new hybrid carbon wheels were also on show on the stand’s main car. BAC revealed the new wheels for the first time on the first day of the show, and the lightweight rims proved popular with onlookers.
At the end of each long and entertaining day, BAC kept the atmosphere going, with a VIP party and DJ Ninja keeping the stand buzzing into the evenings.
Ian Briggs, BAC’s co-founder and Design Director, said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the greatest events in the international automotive calendar, and this year was the best yet as far as BAC was concerned. The stand was buzzing throughout the weekend and it was great to meet so many Mono fans, owners and customers.
“Lots of people came to us knowing about the car, but the show allowed them to really get up close and learn more about it and what truly makes it one of a kind. That so many of them went away having ordered a car, and with more orders hopefully following in the coming weeks, it has proved a wonderful few days.
“At the heart, Goodwood is still a motor sport event, and it is all about how the car performed up the hill. As you can see from our on-board footage, our sub 50-second final run was a thrilling ride, and one that was a real achievement given the conditions, the competition and the road-legal tyres the car was wearing. We can’t wait to come back in 2017.”