Briggs Automotive Company

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Briggs Automotive Company Ltd
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
Employees 60 (2013)
Website www.bac-mono.com
Footnotes / references
[1][2]

The Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) is a British sports car manufacturing company based in Speke, Liverpool.[3]

Background[edit]

The company was founded in 2009 by brothers Neill and Ian Briggs to produce specialist sports cars targeted at enthusiasts. The company's first vehicle is the Mono, with the intention to create a pure driving experience with a central-seat format.[2]

BAC Mono[edit]

Mono
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Overview
Manufacturer Briggs Automotive Company
Production 2011 - present
Powertrain
Engine 2.3-litre 4-cylinder
Transmission 6 speed sequential semi-automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,565 mm (101.0 in)
Length 3,952 mm (155.6 in)
Width 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height 1,110 mm (43.7 in)
Kerb weight 540 kg (1,190 lb)

The company produces the Mono, a single seater road-legal sports car launched in 2011. Engineers from Cosworth, Hewland, Sachs, AP and Kumho Tires partnered with designers at BAC.

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 four-cylinder Ford Duratec engine provided by Cosworth, producing 285 bhp (213 kW; 289 PS) and 206 lb·ft (279 N·m).[4] 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).[5]

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 one of the fastest car to go around the TopGear track on road legal tyres, surpassed only by the Pagani Huayra

In late 2012, the BAC Mono was featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2012.

Reception[edit]

  • GQ Track Day Car of the Year 2012[6]
  • Top Gear Stig's Car of the Year 2011[7]
  • Steve Sutcliffe's "Car of the Year"[8]
  • Xcar Best Drive 2012/2013" Editor's Choice[9]

See also[edit]

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. ^ "BAC Mono, world's newest supercar, unveiled in Liverpool". Liverpool Echo. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "BAC Mono review". Autocar. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Vehicle Specifications". BAC. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mono takes GQ Award!". BAC. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "TG Awards 2011: Stig's car of the year". Top Gear. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Steve Sutcliffe makes Mono his 'Car of the Year'". BAC. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "XCAR Awards 2013: Best Drive, Drew". XCAR. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 

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