So we've decided to start an "official BAC Mono thread" so you guys and gals can follow along with our build progress with the first BAC Mono in the US.
Going back to July...
The BAC Mono has arrived, partially. We received a giant wooden box with the parts carefully packed inside; definitely not the way customers receive their Lamborghini Reventons! We get Monos in Semi Knockdown Kits (SKDs) which require assembly.
The Mono PDI(pre-delivery inspection) is also a bit different than a normal car. We have to assemble ours from scratch, and when say I scratch, I mean scratch. We have to assemble the assemblies that are bolted onto the vehicle.
We are starting the build of the Mono now and will slowly assemble the first vehicle to make sure everything is well documented and with the kind of attention to detail this car deserves.
We will post frequently, so check back often!
Now that most of the parts are out of the boxes and in order, we start to assemble. We are going to start with the gas tank cavity, and since the gas tank is right in front of the engine we need to put some sexy gold heat wrap around the bulkhead panel that the tank sits in.
Like everything with this car, it all has to be fitted and measured, it does not come prefitted and cut. So we have to cut it to size and make sure it's perfect.
After the panels are all dressed up, we can start to assemble the rest of the cavity using about 100 rivets and install the tank.
With the gas tank cavity assembled and awaiting the tanks arrival, we have focused on the fire and brake bias systems (both options, selected for chassis 0007) plus the front shear plate area of the chassis.
The optional fire system has six blue nozzles, two in the drivers compartment, 4 in the engine bay. The following picture shows the two drivers compartment nozzles, peeking out from behind the front roll hoop. The black boots on either side of the brake pedal cover the bias bar's clevises. When we have more of the interior installed, we will install the cable from the bias bar to the cockpit, allowing on-the-fly adjustment.
All of the fire system lines are hand formed, then test fit, then sheathed with a fire resistant material. The bottle is attached to the sub floor, with one line running fore (then immediately T'ing for the two drivers nozzles) and one line running aft. The blue masking tape on the right is to temporarily hold the aft line in place until we install the fuel cell.
Here you can see the back side of the gas tank cavity, and all four nozzles in the engine bay. It is best to order this option initially, as adding it later is a challenge, especially once the cabin is fully built and trimmed.
Here we are up close and personal with 0007ís front shear plate. This shows the careful attention to detail and integration that went into the design of the Mono, with almost every bracket having multiple functions (are those BAC guys channeling Chapman?). The billet front shear plate, for example, is a structural member of the chassis that also holds the steering rack, wishbone mounts, and the front storage box bracket. The storage box bracket, in turn, also holds the reservoirs for the clutch and brake systems. Clever and beautiful!