Luxury British car maker Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) has been picked as 'One to Watch' in the 2015 Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list, which heralds the best and fastest growing British businesses.
BAC, which makes the highly acclaimed, luxury single-seater Mono, earned its place on the list due to its recent expansion and was lauded for 'selling brand Britain overseas'. With a total staff of just 22, BAC is the smallest company on the list of 10 rising stars, yet still enjoyed sales of more than £2.4m in the last year. The company sold 21 Mono supercars around the world in 2015, and has attracted investment from international backers to help push this further in the next 12 months. Thanks to this investment, and several newly opened showrooms around the word, BAC has already more than doubled this year's sales for 2016, and is on line to go even further.
The latest of these showrooms was launched in Hong Kong's Kowloon Bay last month, with the new dealership selling eight of its annual allocation of 12 cars on the launch night alone. BAC further strengthened and celebrated its position in Hong Kong with a track day for VIPs and potential customers over the last weekend.
The launch in Hong Kong is further proof of the company's strong position in the Far East, following on from a successful introduction to Japan earlier in 2015. The Japanese dealership has sold five Monos since it opened in July this year.
BAC's bespoke nature appeals strongly to customers in Far East Asia, who value the car's bespoke driver fitment program, which offers a custom-made seat and steering wheel. There are also almost limitless options for personalisation in terms of trim and paint options.
Far East customers will get the 2016 Model Year Mono, which comes equipped with an all-new 305bhp 2.5-litre Mountune four-cylinder engine that is capable of a 0-60mph time of just 2.8sec. The ultra lightweight Mono weighs just 580kg, which means it boasts a staggering power-to-weight ratio of 526bhp per tonne.
BAC Founder Neil Briggs said: 'We are delighted to be recognised by Fast Track and the Sunday Times for our recent success. We hope to continue this going into 2016, and are well placed to do so with our new dealerships in Japan and Hong Kong. With strong sales in America, and our recently gained EU approval, we are well placed to take BAC onto the next stage of its exciting development.'
ntroducing the ‘Marine Edition’ BAC Mono, custom designed for life on board the world's premier superyachts. Weighing only 580kg this ultra-lightweight supercar is powered by a new 305hp normally aspirated engine delivered through a Hewland FTR gearbox, as found on current F3 race cars. Awarded Stig’s Car of the Year, Mono boasts a 0-60mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 170mph.
Launched in collaboration with yachting company Camper & Nicholsons, the ‘Marine Edition’ will feature anti-corrosive ultra-high specification components for unparalleled performance and durability, proprietary lifting system for safe and easy hoisting, an Environmental Control Container System for on board storage in climate-controlled environment, and bespoke interior and exterior design custom suited to yacht styling and owner preference.
BAC co-founder Ian Briggs started his career in the luxury yacht design field, “I have always wanted to combine my love of marine and automotive design. The ‘Marine Edition’ Mono represents the ultimate drive-and-arrive experience with great purity of purpose and style.”
The Monaco Yacht Show runs from the 23rd to 26th September.
Mono ‘Marine Edition’
Built to order at £500,000
Completely customisable inside and out to compliment the colour scheme of your yacht
Delivered with an Environmental Control Container System to use for stowing the supercar on-board, with temperature and humidity controls
Coated for a marine environment and built with anti-corrosive components.
Marine Edition comes complete with a carbon-fibre crane arm designed for Mono and to be used with all yacht crane systems
Chassis features lifting points for super-yacht crane cradles and also for securing when on board
BAC launched a new Mountune developed 2.5L engine for the Mono at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. The power output for the car has now been increased to 305bhp and 225lb ft of torque.
See the new BAC Mono at Goodwood below:
TopGear were the first members of the press to take the Mono out on the road.
'Mono reveals itself to be... quick. Very quick. Absurdly quick. Quick enough to tear a neat single-seater hole in the space-time continuum.'
'At the very limit, there's a hint of understeer to prevent you headbutting the Armco, but for the most part, the BAC is deliciously neutral. If you're used to road cars - even supercars - the Mono requires a recalibration of your brain to its physics-warping abilities: brake deeper, turn in later, get on the power earlier. This is a supernaturally good track car.'
For the full review visit TopGear's Car News - BAC Mono
Steve Sutcliffe from AutoCar awarded the BAC Mono with 1st place in his line up of extreme track cars beating the Ariel Atom, Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Black Series, Lotus Exige S and the Caterham Superlight.
'You press a centrally mounted button on the steering wheel and the digital screen comes to life – and, from that moment onwards, the driving experience has an impossibly strong whiff of F1 about it.'
'And, amazingly, the suspension isn’t in the least bit skateboard-like on the road, as you’d surely half expect it to be. There’s a real maturity in the way the Mono deals with poor surfaces. I’d say it rides better than a Lotus Elise for much of the time, which is little short of incredible given how much grip there is through any given corner, and how incisive the suspension feels at all times.'
For the full review visit AutoCar BAC Mono.
SpeedHunters have superbly reviewed the build quality and the driving experience of the British built BAC Mono. The engineering of the Mono was always designed to be beautiful but also incredibly functional.
Visit flying solo in the BAC Mono for more images and information on the incredible build process and driving experience.
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