Briggs can fi­nally brag

Bri­tain’s BAC is mak­ing waves at the top tier of the lux­ury mar­ket

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AN­DREW WHIT­NEY, di­rec­tor of strat­egy and cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment “The Mono is much more than a track car — it’s a scrupu­lously en­gi­neered lux­ury prod­uct.”

BRIGGS Au­to­morive Com­pany, (BAC), this week ce­mented its sta­tus as a unique Bri­tish brand in the top tier of the lux­ury mar­ket with ap­pear­ances at the most ex­clu­sive mo­tor­ing events in the world: Peb­ble Beach and The Quail.

As a spon­sor of The Quail Rally — an in­vi­ta­tion-only three-day event — The Quail, a Mo­tor­sports Gath­er­ing and the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance, BAC proudly sits with some of the most recog­nised lux­ury brands in the world.

The broth­ers Neill and Ian Briggs founded the com­pany in 2009 to built spe­cial­ist sports cars for driv­ing en­thu­si­asts.

The com­pany’s first ve­hi­cle is the Mono, which refers to its sin­gle, cen­tral seat that aims to cre­ate the purest pos­si­ble driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The fac­tory in Liver­pool builds one Mono per month, with strong global de­mand from mar­kets like the U.S., South Amer­ica, Asia and Europe.

Hav­ing in­tro­duced the 2016 model Mono at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed last month — where it un­of­fi­cially broke the course record — BAC show­cased the Mono on the Con­cept Lawn at the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance.

BAC’s ap­pear­ances on the West Coast of Amer­ica this week are an in­di­ca­tion of the world­wide growth the com­pany has seen in the last cou­ple of years, ris­ing from Bri­tish track car man­u­fac­turer to global lux­ury player. At its new fac­tory in Liver­pool, BAC builds one car per month, with strong de­mand from cus­tomers in the U.S., Europe, South Amer­ica and Asia.

An­drew Whit­ney, di­rec­tor of strat­egy and cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment, said: “The Mono is much more than a track car — it’s a scrupu­lously en­gi­neered lux­ury prod­uct that uses the best ma­te­ri­als and the best minds to cre­ate some­thing that truly stands in a league all of its own.

“We be­lieve that Peb­ble Beach and The Quail are the best events of their kind in the world and that’s why we’re here. We want driv­ing en­thu­si­asts around the world to ex­pe­ri­ence the unique thrill of the Mono, and these events are quite sim­ply the best places we can do that.”

An­drew was pleased to welcome Andy Palmer (CEO of As­ton Martin) to the BAC at The Quail. “As­ton Martin is a great Bri­tish com­pany and he was hugely sup­port­ive of our prod­uct and plans,” he said.

The BAC 2016 Mono fea­tures an all­new 2,5-litre Moun­tune four-cylin­der en­gine pro­duc­ing 227 kW — that’s up 18 kW up on the pre­vi­ous 2,3-litre Cos­worth en­gine. The re­vised car weighs in at just 580 kg, but makes 392 kW (526 bhp) per ton. The new model also in­cludes a drive-by-wire throt­tle as well as a be­spoke driver fit­ment cul­mi­nat­ing in a cus­tom steer­ing wheel and seat tai­lor-made for the owner.

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The 2016 Mono by the rel­a­tively new Briggs Automotive Com­pany (BAC) ap­peared on the Con­cept Lawn at the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance, along­side Lam­borgh­ini, McLaren and Porsche.

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