New "supercar" to be made in Liverpool
The world’s first single-seater, road legal “supercar” is due to be made in Liverpool by pioneering motor firm, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC).
The city’s automotive industry is expecting a boost when production begins on the “BAC Mono” specialist, high-performance vehicle in Autumn this year.
The Speke-based plant will produce over 100 cars a year while almost 60 local, high-end manufacturing jobs are expected to be created by 2014 through the car production, including apprenticeships and regional supply chain opportunities.
Liverpool City Council called the decision a “major coup” for the city, which will see Speke Hall Industrial Estate in South Liverpool become the base for BAC’s supercar.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “This is great news for Liverpool. BAC is an ambitious, visionary company, and their 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 on the track – is made in Liverpool.”
BAC is already highly decorated after securing an award from the BBC programme, Top Gea,r as ‘Stig’s Car of the Year’, while the firm’s supercar will also be featured on the show this weekend (7th July).
The business is already looking for recruits to join their workforce, with opportunities for apprentices and people with experience working on high-end cars.
BAC is also looking for local components and is in discussions with a number of suppliers in the Liverpool area.
Managing Director at BAC Ltd, Neill Briggs, said: “We are thrilled at our relocation to Liverpool. The city has a rich history in the motor industry and we look forward to adding our own chapter to this success story.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Anderson and his team for their support. Liverpool is a great place to do business, and with the wealth of highly skilled individuals in the region we believe we are perfectly positioned to take the company to the next level.
“This expansion and job creation will allow us to meet sales demand around the world, and build on the fantastic interest Mono has received since it was launched. We are all extremely proud to say that ‘Mono is built in Liverpool’”
This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Miranda Dobson .