Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), working alongside both Haydale and Pentaxia, built the lightweight BAC Mono R body using graphene-enhanced carbon composite materials.
The BAC Mono R is a higher-performance, lighter, and more advanced new generation of the iconic Mono. Mono R is 35bhp more powerful and 25kg lighter than the standard Mono, at 340bhp and 555kg.
Mono R is the first production car in the world, fully incorporating the use of graphene-enhanced carbon fiber in every body panel. Graphene-enhanced tooling materials offer significant improvements in the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), a key issue with the use of metal tooling, the need for higher dimensional stability, and the potential to increase the life of the tools.
The outcome of the process for manufacturing the body parts is a full visual carbon material which can be lacquered or painted as required.
Ian Briggs, Design Director at Briggs Automotive Company, said, “BAC is forever an innovator, and being able to release a new car fully incorporating the use of graphene is just another example of how we’re pushing the boundaries. Niche vehicle manufacturers are of paramount importance in the automotive industry, acting as stepping stones for mass-market production technology – and after the overwhelming success of our R&D project with Haydale and Pentaxia, Mono R could well be a stepping stone for graphene-enhanced composite body panels and tooling reaching the wider automotive industry in the near future.”
Keith Broadbent, CEO at Haydale, commented further, “In the development of this project, Haydale has improved the supply chain whilst enabling BAC to increase the performance of the material. Whilst this outcome has focused on the automotive sector, the knowledge and improvements made provide a wider opportunity for tooling materials across several markets, particularly where there are throughput constraints.”
Only 30 models of the Mono R being produced and sold to existing Mono customers around the globe.