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March 25, 2020

Fast Forward: Generative Design and the New BAC Mono

There aren’t many cars like the BAC Mono, and there are certainly no other cars like your BAC Mono. Each one of these street-legal race cars is a bespoke creation, with the seat, steering wheel, pedals, and other components of the single-person cockpit customized for the individual buyer. 

BAC Mono
The new BAC Mono, created using generative design. Image courtesy of PaulHPhotos. 

The latest model of the BAC Mono was released in February, and the car press has been understandably excited—not just about the car itself, but also by how it’s made. The team at Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) used generative design to create dozens of the parts, including the wheels, which weigh 35% less than standard wheels. And with cars like this, lighter means faster. With a four-cylinder, 2.3-liter turbocharged engine, the BAC Mono can go from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds and tops out at 170 miles per hour. Check out the coverage in MotorTrend, Road & Track, and our own Redshift.

There’s a lot to learn from the development and production processes of the latest BAC Mono, starting with this related AU content:

Generative design

To create the new BAC Mono wheels, designers used the generative design technology in Fusion 360, specifying requirements for the material to be used (aluminum), the fabrication method (5-axis milling), as well as performance on the road. They also specified aesthetic constraints to maintain the brand’s look.

 

3D printing

While the wheels are milled, nearly 40 parts of the new BAC Mono are 3D printed, including the headlights, the rear-light casings, and wing mirrors.

 

Agile manufacturing

With the BAC Mono’s high price point and low production volume, the folks at Briggs Automotive Company can focus on dynamic and customizable processes for manufacturing.

 

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