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August 2015

By Holly

Posted in Kumho News

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The 2016-specification Kumho-shod BAC Mono was one of the sensations of the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, for its fastest time of 47.90 seconds was considerably quicker than the 51.33 seconds recorded by the Michelin Supercar Run-winning Noble M600 of Anthony Reid. In fact, it even bettered the existing hill record for a road car of 49.27 seconds set in 2014 by Jann Mardenborough aboard the Nissan GT-R Nismo.

The record-breaking figure was courtesy of the Mono’s on-board telemetry system, as the times of the ‘First Glance’ class it was running in are not checked by the event organisers. However, Oliver Webb, the company’s test driver responsible for the achievement, said: “All our runs were comfortably under 50 seconds and I’d love to come back next year and officially challenge for the record.”

We have been involved with the innovative BAC Mono since before the model’s sensational launch in 2011, and have worked continuously with the manufacturer to create a tailored version of its V70A street legal competition tyre that best suits the Mono’s lightweight mid-engined configuration and substantial power-to-weight ratio of 526bhp/ton. Said our Brand Manager Dan Woodward: “The association with BAC works well for both companies, and is the latest example of how we can attune the international might of the Kumho brand to the specialist needs of a low volume car manufacturer. We are very proud of our ability to equally successfully cater for the OE needs of a rapidly-developing new company like BAC and the established global giants of the car industry.”

Manufactured in Liverpool in a modern factory located next to the John Lennon Airport, BAC is understood to have notably swelled its order book at Goodwood – one that already included customers in the US, South America, Japan and Asia as well as the UK – and has now pre-sold the whole of next year’s production.