The Gumball 3000 kicked off in London a couple days ago and BAC decided to make its presence felt by handing the keys of its potent Mono single-seater to singing sensation Usher.
Usher may have only been driving through the streets of London in the Mono but in doing so, he definitely stood out from the Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches most commonly found at Gumball.
Sadly, it doesn’t appear as if Usher is competing with the Mono for the entire rally and only drove it in London to help promote the brand. However, after looking at the Gumball 3000 route, we can’t blame him for not wanting to drive the track-focused sports car across continents.
The Gumball 3000 is perhaps the most famous rally of its kind in the world. This year’s event is seeing participants driving from London to Bologna via some of the best roads in Europe. From Italy, the drivers and their vehicles will be flown to Osaka, Japan where the rally will continue through the Land of the Rising Sun and finish in Tokyo on August 11.
While the Mono could certainly survive such an arduous road trip, you’d really want something else for this. The Mono was designed from the outset as a sharp track-day tool that can set lap records with ease while providing drivers with unparalleled driving thrills and involvement.
In its most recent form, the BAC Mono is powered by a 2.5-liter Mountune four-cylinder rather than the 2.3-liter Cosworth unit which was used by early examples .