Fresh from its appearance on last weekend’s BBC Top Gear, it has been announced that the BAC Mono that claimed the second fastest time on the programme’s leaderboard will now be produced in Liverpool.
The Mayor of Liverpool has signed a deal with the Mono’s manufacturers, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), that sees production move to a new facility in the city, creating almost 60 jobs in the process.
The car is set to wear Liverpool’s branding on the bodywork as it competes in international racing events.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “This is great news for Liverpool. BAC is an ambitious, visionary company, and its desire to relocate to our city speaks volumes for our business offer. The support we have provided will help create new jobs and apprenticeships and further build our reputation as a city of automotive excellence. The Jaguar Land Rover plant in Halewood has been a real success story for our city in creating jobs in commercial car production – I’m confident that this deal with BAC will prove to be another success, in creating opportunities at the specialist end of the market. BAC Mono is a prestigious brand, and it’s fantastic that motoring and racing enthusiasts alike will know that a car which is turning heads wherever it goes – whether on the road or track – is made in Liverpool.”
The new facility, in Speke Hall Industrial Estate in South Liverpool, is expected to be up and running by the autumn, with production of 100 cars a year by 2015.
The BAC Mono has earned several awards, including BBC Top Gear’s “Stig’s Car of the Year” award.
Last Sunday’s (July 7) edition of BBC Top Gear saw the Stig take to the wheel of the BAC Mono and record a lap time of 1 minute 14.3 seconds, placing it second overall on the leaderboard behind the Pagani Huayra.
The Mono is constructed using high-strength carbon fibre composite around an FIA-compliant steel safety cell. Power comes from a 2.3-litre 280 bhp four-cylinder Cosworth engine, mated to a six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox.
It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 170 mph.
Prices start from £111,168.