No escape: New formula for police cars on holiday island

  • Driving for safe roads on picturesque holiday island
  • Stunning, completely unique, and road-legal Mono
  • Car-builder says it’s committed to safer driving
Image: BAC
NO MERCY: No chance of a road miscreant getting away with, well, anything if a BAC Mono is in his mirrors. Image: BAC

LES STEPHENSON
Carman’s Corner Editor

DOUGLAS, Isle of Man – Few people realise it but there are no speed limits on the Man, a semi-autonomous island in the Irish Sea between the much larger land mass called Ireland and mainland Britain.

The roads are narrow and famous for the annual Isle of Man TT races but scenic and, for the most part, pretty empty outside the few towns.

A big, heavy, police car isn’t much use then for traffic control; a fast, low, corner-hugging, racing car, the island’s police force feels, might be a great idea. And so it came about…

Image: BAC
NO MISTAKING THE LIVERY: The BAC Mono simply shouts its status. Image: BAC

The Briggs Automotive Company, based in Liverpool, north-west England, teamed up with the Isle of Man Government to create a stunning, completely unique and road-legal, BAC Mono police car. That’s it in the images and if it appears in your mirrors or pulls in front you might as well pull over.

ACTIVE IN POLICE FLEET

Short of it running out of fuel, there’s no chance of escape for a mobile miscreant.

The world’s only single-seat, road-legal, supercar has captured the hearts of petrolheads around the world for offering the purest driving experience possible. Now the Isle of Man police force will  benefit from having the ultimate driver’s car at its disposal.

One of the supercars is now an active member of the police fleet and will also be on show at a number of local festivals to encourage safe and responsible driving.

BAC and the Isle of Man have enjoyed a special bond ever since the Mono was launched in 2011, BAC exploiting the island’s stunning driving roads and using them to explore and develop necessary changes to its creations.

AUTOMAKER DEVOTED TO SAFE ROADS

The BAC team recently descended on the picturesque island with clients and friends for a special Mono Experience Weekend in which a record 12 Monos were shipped in to enjoy the very best of the Isle of Man with full support from the island’s government in closing roads to the public.

The company has been committed to road safety during its testing tenure on the island and was once again showing its devotion to keeping Man’s roads safe.

“The Man’s Mono has full police livery,” its maker says, “covering all all the bespoke touches that make the supercar such an icon. Constable Andy Greaves, an advanced driver, police motorcyclist and collision investigator, is the force’s dedicated Mono driver.”

He was excited to discuss his new car and told The Corner through a media release: “It’s a remarkable vehicle that will be of huge interest to bikers and car drivers alike. We’re here to promote safe driving and it’s amazing how many people want to talk to you when this is your transport.”

“We stop to talk to visitors. Having a show-stopper BAC Mono police car on the fleet makes that so much easier.”

‘SPECIAL AFFINITY FOR ISLE OF MAN’

Thousands of visitors head to Man every year to enjoy what are said to be the most idyllic driving roads and scenery in the world. With the Mono on its side the police can go one step further to ensure their safely.

BAC co-founder and product development director Neill Briggs told us: “We have a very special affinity with the Isle of Man and are delighted to bring this extra-special Mono to a remarkable police force.

“The island’s government has been amazingly supportive of BAC and the BAC dream so we’re honoured to be able to play our part in making the island’s roads a safer place. This is a world-first for BAC and Man, omething of which both parties are incredibly proud.”

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ARRESTING DESIGN: Bad drivers just haven’t a prayer if they see this wing through their windscreen. Image: BAC

…AND A LITTLE ABOUT BAC

Briggs Automotive, based in Liverpool, and was co-founded by brothers Ian and Neill Briggs and assembles the fast and acclaimed Mono supercar, a single-seat Formula-style car that provides a visceral and exhilarating driving experience.

Since launch in 2011 it has gone from strength to strength and is now sold in several markets around the world. It launched with great success and fanfare in Hong Kong at the end of 2015 with eight cars sold in a one night. BAC dealers can also be found in North America, Japan and London.

The 2016 (latest) version has a four-cylinder, 230kW, 2.5-litre Mountune engine that’s capable of hurling the 580kg car to 100km/h in 2.8sec. Despite its global appeal, BAC Mono remains proudly British and uses British parts wherever possible.

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