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BAC build marine version of Mono Supercar

Published on October 15, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

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The extremely popular BAC Mono single-seater car that Jeremy Clarkson described as “amazing” and “absolutely beautifully made” is now available as a marinised version designed specifically for the superyacht market.

Launched in 2011, the Mono is the first car to be produced by Briggs Automotive Company (BAC).  In the same year it was featured on BBC’s Top Gear and was one of the fastest cars to go around the Top Gear track on road-legal tyres.  The Top Gear team was extremely impressed, in fact The Stig named it his ‘Car of the Year 2011’.

This year the 2016 model was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and it is this new, more powerful, edition that the Mono Marine is based on.

Briggs is producing four cars a month in its Liverpool factory and petrol heads are lining up to buy them.  Three-quarters of 2016’s planned run of 50 cars have already sold.

The BAC Monos look like they belong on a racing track but they are roadworthy and designed to be driven in traffic – however, with a top speed of 170mph, you’d be better off testing it on an autobahn rather than the AP7.  Meanwhile the lack of windscreen necessitates wearing a crash helmet and this all adds to the race-like experience of the drive.

 

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The extremely experienced Briggs brothers who between them have worked with pretty much every car manufacturer in Europe founded cheshire-based BAC in 2009.  Ian Briggs is in charge of design while his engineer brother Neill is Director of Product Development.  The Mono is the first car they have produced

These are not production line cars with each vehicle 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.

BAC co-founder Ian Briggs has a background in yacht design and says, “I started my career designing luxury yachts and I have wanted to combine my love of marine and automotive design ever since.  The Marine Edition Mono represents purpose and style for a clientele that knows no compromise.”

The Marine Mono is marinised so that it won’t corrode while it’s sitting in that salty superyacht garage.  BAC is also aware that you can’t just drive on board so the chassis has been strengthened and has lifting points to haul it aboard.  It also comes with its own carbon fibre crane arm that can be used in conjunction with all yacht cranes.

Like its landlubber brother, the Marine Mono comes with a 305bhp 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine produced by BAC’s official technical partner, Mountune, which will take you from 0 to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds.

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Weighing in at only 580kg, and with the small form factor of a single seater, you can easily stow one of these alongside your tender and toys.  The Marine Edition will set you back £500,000, a mere 325k more than the land edition (looks like that’s one expensive crane arm).

Watch Clarkson drive the Mono here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_gfHpqzZGY

And the Company website is www.bac-mono.com

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