There was much excitement on site when we welcomed the Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) team and the Mono R, following its launch at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. The Mono R serves as the New Reference – the very pinnacle of design, innovation, engineering and performance in the automotive industry.
Pentaxia were thrilled to work with BAC as the main composite supplier for the Mono R. The Derby team have worked closely with the BAC designers and have been actively involved in decisions on how the car should be manufactured as the car was the first in the world to use graphene-enhanced carbon fibre in every panel. Through this collaboration, BAC were able to deliver a design that not only looked amazing and kept in line with the existing Mono DNA, but also contained an entirely new vehicle architecture with enhanced aerodynamics.
Ian Briggs, BAC Co-Founder and Design Director, commented: “Launching Mono R was a monumental step in the history of Briggs Automotive Company, and we owe so much of that to the fantastic work of our partners and suppliers. What we’ve achieved alongside Pentaxia is nothing short of revolutionary and we were absolutely delighted to share the incredible finished result with the hugely talented Pentaxia team!”
With a target of the car launch at Goodwood, Pentaxia effectively had 5–6 weeks from final design confirmation to manufacture approx. 80% of the vehicle ready for the big reveal. Pentaxia successfully worked to this tight deadline and the visit from the BAC team and the Mono R was a way to say thank you for all the hard work put in by the staff to achieve this.
Weighing just 555kg, the R is 25kg lighter than the standard Mono and at 340bhp it offers a truly remarkable power-to-weight ratio of 612bhp-per-tonne – resulting in world-beating performance on both the road and track.
The Mono R is one of the most exclusive single seater supercars ever made with only 30 models being produced and already sold to existing Mono owners around the world. Pentaxia are proud to be manufacturing all 30 car sets and supplying parts fully finished and ready for assembly.
There was such a buzz around the place as staff were able to see the results of their labour and take pictures with the car. Staff commented “It was exciting to see the car and the components I made” and “This is one of the coolest things I have ever worked on”.
Pentaxia Managing Director Stephen Ollier commented “Our staff were delighted to see the finished product following so much hard work. The car is a world first in many areas and we are proud to have been involved”.
During the visit the BAC Directors were presented with a charcoal drawing of the Mono R which had been created by local artist Magdalena Aron.