Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, has just declared Briggs Automotive Company’s (BAC) 11,000 square-feet facility on the Speke Hall industrial estate, where the Mono car will be manufactured, officially open. It was first announced that the car would be manufactured in the city back in July. The move to Liverpool will see the group create 60 local high-end manufacturing jobs by 2014, including apprenticeships, and it is expected that up to 100 cars a year will be produced by 2015.
The car will also act as an ambassador for Liverpool, with the city’s brand emblazoned on the cars body as it takes part in racing events such as the Goodwood festival of speed, Chomdley Pageant of Power and Pebble Beach. Anderson said; “Liverpool already has a thriving motor industry, and this is taking us to another level. Being home to a supercar like this adds an extra dimension to our automotive offer and will bring a real boost to the sector.” Neill Briggs, co-founder and technical director of BAC, said: “Everyone at BAC is thrilled and full of pride about our move to Liverpool – the new home of the Mono supercar.
This fantastic facility - allied with the recruitment of highly skilled individuals - will allow us to meet sales demand from across the globe. “We would like to thank Mayor Anderson and his team for all their support in facilitating this move, which would otherwise not have been possible, and look forward to building on this region’s reputation as an area of automotive excellence.”
What is the BAC Mono?
But what of the car itself? The BAC Mono is the only ‘road-legal’ single-seater sports car in production today. It has already been awarded several accolades, including ‘Stig’s Car of the Year’ award on Top Gear, as well as recording the second-fastest lap time since the show began. The only car to better its time is the 720-horsepower Pagani Huayra. Even Jeremy Clarkson himself has given the car his seal of approval, proclaiming that it is “amazing” and “one of the most exciting shapes I’ve ever seen.”
Much as I don’t like to, I have to agree with him. The Mono is the stuff of dreams, a kind of slimline Batmobile that looks as though it belongs on a futuristic film set, or, as BAC’s website prefers to put it: “The design aesthetic is intended to combine sculpted, sleek, organic forms to provide an emotional, human connection, juxtaposing the technical, mechanical elements of the car.” Quite. Put simply, the BAC Mono is a stunner, there for the enjoyment of the driver alone, thanks to its single central seat. It is low to the ground, making it aerodynamic, sleek, and with an interface which is located entirely on the steering wheel.
The car has been constructed using high-strength carbon fibre composite around a steel safety cell and is powered by a 2.3 litre Cosworth engine, to which a 6-speed gearbox is coupled. It can reach a top speed of 170 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in just 2.8 seconds. In fact, this car is so like a track racing car that it barely seems legal. Sadly, however, the Mono will have to remain the stuff of dreams for most of us, unless you’ve got a spare £111,600 hanging around. However, if you are Liverpool-based then there are opportunities to get involved with the Mono – provided you have the right qualifications. BAC is looking for people with experience of working on high-performance and new model launch cars, and is aslo offering apprenticeship opportunities. For more information and to apply, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org