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McLaren P1 vs. BAC Mono

by Paul Strauss

While the McLaren P1 is loaded with technology and huge amounts of power to make it go ’round, the BAC Mono is one of those minimal track-focused cars which gets most of its benefit from its extremely light weight and nimble steering. But when putting McLaren’s $1.15 million+ hypercar up against this $200,000 trackday car, we figured the P1 would be a shoe-in.

In this in-car video captured at Silverstone by race car driver Oliver James Webb in his BAC Mono, he gives chase to driver Paul Bailey in his McLaren P1. It’s clear that the P1 has a significant advantage in the straights, but the Mono manages to keep up quite well in the corners, catching the P1 on more than one occasion.

I’m sure driver skill has something to do with how well the BAC Mono performs at those speeds, but still it’s an impressive show of the car’s capabilities to keep up with a car that has more than a 600 horsepower advantage. But the Mono’s 2000+ pound weight advantage gives it nearly the same power-to-weight ratio as the P1.

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