A few months after the announcement of the FCEV variant of the BAC Mono in collaboration with Viritech, we have the first official specification of the single-seater that captures its light nature and mind-blowing performance certificate in a zero-emission camouflage. Surprisingly, the e-Mono is faster than the ICE-powered Mono R in digital simulation powered by Silverstone.
The BAC e-mono is not a production vehicle but a concept feasibility study that explores the transformation of the track-centric sportscar into the electric age. A battery-electric (BEV) mono battery would be 50 percent heavier, so the FCEV solution was chosen to maintain the driver-centric features of a single-seater.
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The BAC estimates that the E-Mono will weigh 149 kg (328 lb) more than the ICE-powered Mono R, an image to be lowered to 100 kg (220 lb) with a carbon case and a light battery module for the fuel cell. Can Which is currently under development from Viritech. As a result, the final weight of 655 kg (1,444 lbs) for a car with a zero-emission powertrain sounds amazing.
E-Mono is using a regular Mono chassis with a clever fit of fuel cell, hydrogen tank and battery pack. The latter is a structural component of the chassis, which is placed under the seat. The fuel cell is placed on top of the battery and the compressor is hidden in the air intake pod. Most body panels are carried from ICE-powered mono, with LED lighting units, air intakes and some design changes to the aero component distinguishing the zero-emission nature of the e-mono highlighted in a series of official sketches.
The combined power output from the FCEV powertrain is 371 hp (277 kW / 377 PS), 264 hp (197 kW / 268 PS) from the battery and 107 hp (80 kW / 109 PS) from the fuel cell. At the same time, a set of electric motors mounted on the front wheels provides all-wheel-drive power, further improving performance. According to official data, the BAC E-Mono accelerates from 0-100 km / h (0-62 mph) in 2.2 seconds and has a top speed of 266 km / h (165 mph). In the digital simulation test, the E-Mono Silverstone achieved 2.04.3 lap time, which is exactly two seconds faster than the Mono R’s (2.06.3) simulated run.
The WLTP range is estimated at 267 km / h (166 mph), while the BAC claims a more realistic number of 255 km / h (140 mph) in real life situations. For track use, E-Mono is able to complete 10 Silverstone hot laps in refueling. The range could be increased by another 50 percent by 2024, thanks to a planned improvement in fuel cell efficiency that will not affect the size and weight of the powertrain.
As Neil Briggs, co-founder of BAC and director of product development, noted, the company is now actively seeking appropriate funding to bring e-mono closer to production, moving to the stage of proof of concept.
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