The world’s only single-seat, road-legal supercar has a new gig — as a police car.
The Isle of Man has joined forces with Liverpool-based Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) to recruit the BAC Mono for police services duty, where it will perform active duty at local festivals to promote the message of safe and responsible driving.
“It’s a remarkable vehicle, and clearly will be of huge interest to bikers and car drivers alike,” said PC Andy Greaves, an advanced driver, police motorcyclist and collision investigator, who is the force’s dedicated Mono driver. “We are here to promote safe use of the road, and it’s amazing how many people want to talk to you when this is your transport.”
Since the Mono’s launch in 2011, BAC has used the island’s stunning driving roads extensively for testing and fine-tuning, and recently hosted a Mono Experience Weekend for its clients and friends to experience the car, with the Isle of Man government closing and de-restricting roads to facilitate the event.
“We have a very special affinity with the Isle of Man and we’re absolutely delighted to bring this extra-special Mono to a remarkable police force,” said Neill Briggs, BAC Co-Founder (with brother Ian) and Director of Product Development. “The Government has been nothing but amazingly supportive to BAC and the BAC dream, and we’re honoured to be able to play our part in making their roads a safer place. This is a world first for both BAC and the Isle of Man and something both parties are incredibly proud of.”
Known for its annual motorcycle Tourist Trophy motorcycle race, the Isle of Man draws thousands of visitors every year to enjoy the some of the most idyllic driving roads and scenery in the world, and the Mono police car grants the police a drawing card to promote road safety.
“Every opportunity we get, we stop and talk to visitors,” continued Greaves. “Having a show-stopper like a BAC Mono police car on the fleet makes that so much easier.”
Powered by a 305-hp 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, the lightweight (580-kg), fully-British Mono can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in about three seconds. The car is sold around the world.