You could argue that the BAC Mono is the closest thing to a single-seat race car with a license plate. It's one of the only single-seat road cars on sale today, and that makes it quite an interesting machine. And as Carfection's Henry Catchpole found out, it's the perfect car to take on Scotland's epic North Coast 500.
Well, perfect so long as you don't mind wearing a helmet, and are prepared to get extremely wet and cold.
Catchpole took the Mono to Scotland while his colleague, Drew Stearne, drove a Bentley Continental GT to show how the experience of driving the same road can vary wildly from one car to another. In the Mono, you really get to experience the road—all its camber, crests, dips, surfaces, and everything else. Your eyes will constantly be up, scanning to prepare for what's next.
In the Bentley, life's a little different. The Continental GT handles, so you can enjoy the twisty sections, but really, this is a car that encourages you to slow down and enjoy the scenery. Scotland is one of the world's most beautiful countries, and there are far worse places to see it than from the massaging leather seat of a hand-made luxury cruiser.
The Mono and the Continental GT represent opposite extremes, but there's enjoyment to be had from both cars. You'd be happy to drive a Continental GT from London to Inverness, and hop into something as uncompromising as the Mono once you get there. Or, try to find a car that splits the difference between the two—the Porsche 911 Turbo and McLaren's upcoming new GT car come to mind...