Briggs Automotive Company

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Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Limited
Type Private limited company
Industry Automotive
Founded 4 March 2009 (2009-03-04)
Headquarters Speke, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Key people Neill Briggs
Ian Briggs
Products Sports Cars
Website www.bac-mono.com
References: [1][2]

The Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) is a British sports car manufacturing company based in Speke, Liverpool.

Background[edit]

The company was founded by brothers Neill and Ian Briggs to produce specialist sports cars targeted at enthusiasts. The vision behind Mono was to create a pure driving experience. It was logical to choose a central-seat format due to the fact that as soon as seats are placed side-by-side, weight, balance, visibility and layout are compromised to accommodate that extra seat and any passenger who might sit there.[2]

The BAC Mono[edit]

BAC Mono

The company produces the BAC Mono, a single seater performance car. Engineers from Cosworth, Hewland, Sachs, AP and Kumho Tires partnered with designers at BAC with the intention of creating a driver-centric vehicle.

The Mono uses carbon fibre composite construction over a steel chassis (with FIA compliant rollover structure) inspired by the construction principles employed in DTM race cars. The nose of the vehicle provides a storage compartment and doubles as impact protection.

The Mono is powered by a 2.3-litre, 285 bhp four-cylinder engine provided by Cosworth. The engine is mounted longitudinally to maintain the centralised balance of the car. The car runs a F3-specification six-speed sequential gearbox developed by Hewland. This gearbox operates a semi-automatic transmission tuned to complete gear shifts in 35 milliseconds. These specifications result in a 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph (274 km/h) [3]

Weight-distribution in the Mono is focused on maintaining a low centre of gravity. The system includes a fully adjustable pushrod suspension system with damping elements made by SACHS Racing. AP Racing developed the retardation and stopping ability of the car. The Mono runs on specifically designed Kumho V70A road tyres.

During production, each vehicle is custom-built around the purchaser's body shape. The size of the seat, pedal reach and steering wheel position are modified in order to suit the individual's ergonomic requirements.[2]

The Mono ran 1:14.3 at the Top Gear test track. This makes it the second fastest legal production car ever to go around the track.

In late 2012, the BAC Mono was featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted (a Criterion game).

Reception[edit]

  • The BAC was awarded GQ's Track Day Car of the Year 2012.[4]
  • In February 2012, the BAC Mono was awarded the Top Gear 'Stig's Car of the Year 2011'.[5]
  • Steve Sutcliffe's "Car of the Year"[6]
  • XCAR, Editor's Choice, Best Drive 2012/2013"[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Details". Companies House. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Brit-designed single-seat racer revealed". Top Gear. BBC Worldwide. 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Vehicle Specifications". BAC. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mono takes GQ Award!". BAC. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "TG Awards 2011: Stig's car of the year". Top Gear. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Steve Sutcliffe makes Mono his 'Car of the Year'". BAC. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "XCAR Awards 2013: Best Drive, Drew". XCAR. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 5 February 2014.