BAC Mono grasps victory at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb

Article by Christian A., on July 7, 2017

At the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we witnessed a number of awesome cars, major debuts, and some crazy crashes. That’s what makes it an exciting event. But in the end, it’s all about performance where people compete for the fastest lap at the hill - hence, the event name.

In this event, there are two main categories namely: the Supercars and the smaller Race Cars for the Road. Beginning with the latter, for this year’s race, the Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Mono took home the victory with an impressive 49.54-second lap time. The Caterham Seven 620R came in second with 50.01 seconds, while in third place with 50.83 seconds is the Radical RXC Turbo.

Oliver Webb was the test driver behind the wheels of the BAC Mono. He said in an interview that it will always be a close race between them, the Caterham and the Radical. At the same time, he was very happy to top the leaderboard this year. He also said that they pushed the Mono hard, but it reacted well and even finished with a great time.

This is BAC’s fifth appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it finally caught its first victory. The Liverpool-based company will be releasing a limited-edition T-shirt with a special stamp as a celebration of their win.

BAC co-founder and Director of Product Development, Neil Braggs was very proud with the victory and ecstatically said that “my heart was beating out of my chest as Oli crossed the line”.

Over the weekend, BAC also had a stand where three of their cars, including the Autodesk Art Car, and two Monos were on display. The Autodesk was there to demonstrate the movement of the car’s airflow, a mock of the Autodesk CFD simulation tool that was used during the development of the Mono.

Moving on to the Supercars category, it was the Audi R8 Coupe that championed the race with 51.00 seconds, beating the Nissan GT-R by 1.68 seconds with 52.68 seconds. In third place was the Porsche 911 Turbo S with 53.31 seconds.

The Lamborghini Aventador S came in fourth place, while number five is the Ford GT. Places sixth to tenth are as follows: Noble M600 Speedster, Rimac Concept S, Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro, Pagani Zonda 760RS and Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro.

It was definitely a great event indeed. The exhilaration hasn’t ebbed a bit but we’re already looking forward to the next one. For now, let us congratulate the winners of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Press Release

BAC Dominates Class on Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) is celebrating another hugely impressive performance feat, having dominated its class at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 Hillclimb.

With Test Driver Oliver Webb at the wheel, BAC’s One-of-a-Kind Mono supercar clocked a sensational 49.54-second lap up the iconic hill to top the Supercars and Race Cars for the Road Shootout leaderboard.

Not only did BAC take home the coveted Goodwood medal, but Mono did so in some style by opening up a sizable gap on its rivals. The Caterham Seven 620R took the runners-up spot almost half a second slower than the Mono, while the Radical RXC Turbo was over a second back with a time of 50.83.

Following the race, Webb commented: “It was always going to be close between us and the Caterham and Radical, but I’m so happy with the run and it was fantastic to top the leaderboard by such a chunk. We pushed the Mono hard out there but it handled everything we threw at it and came home with a great time. Hillclimb is a very challenging drive – there are lots of twists and turns, undulations and so much to think about – but the Mono is so nimble and agile that it handled it perfectly. We’re delighted with the result.”

BAC’s Supercars and Race Cars for the Road Shootout triumph crowned a very successful fifth appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the Liverpool-based company, as it’s stand was one of the main attractions of the show. The stunning Autodesk Art Car – developed in conjunction with BAC’s software partners – took pride of place at the front of the stand and wowed guests with is futuristic styling.

Two more Monos were sitting pretty on stage over the course of the week, while BAC’s all-new Mono configurator allowed guests to spec their perfect single-seater. Live DJ and corporate hospitality provided the entertainment and the ideal platform for celebrating the Hillclimb triumph.

BAC Co-Founder and Director of Product Development, Neill Briggs, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon with our Hillclimb victory – my heart was beating out of my chest as Oli crossed the line! Our time of 49.54 seconds was amazing; Oli did an amazing job in the cockpit and we thoroughly enjoyed our post-run celebrations. Such was the brilliance of Mono that our time would have put us right up there in the Shootout overall – pretty impressive for a production car on road-legal tyres! We hope to be a part of the flagship race in future years.

“We have such a talented team at BAC, and it’s feats like this that prove our hard work is paying off. I’d like to extend thanks to our fantastic supply chain, who continue to support us and make moments like this possible. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of our favourite events on the automotive calendar and we thoroughly enjoyed interacting with our national and international clients and friends as well as meeting new Mono fans.”

BAC is releasing a limited-edition T-shirt to honour its achievement at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. For more information, email

Source: BAC

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