Audi R8 takes Supercars victory.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was full of great cars, dramatic crashes, and major debuts – and that’s why we love this event. But, after all, it’s a competition – who will set the fastest lap at the legendary hill. You know - the quicker, the better.
The two most important categories currently are the Supercars and the smaller Race Cars for the Road. Briggs Automotive Company, better known simply as BAC, with its Mono is this year’s winner with a staggering time of 49.54 seconds, followed by the Caterham Seven 620R with 50.01 seconds and the Radical RXC Turbo with 50.83 seconds.
“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,” test driver Oliver Webb commented his performance. “We pushed the Mono hard out there but it handled everything we threw at it and came home with a great time."
This is the fifth appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the Liverpool-based company, which marks its first triumph. To honor its victory, BAC will release a limited-edition T-shirt with a special stamp.
“We’re absolutely over the Moon with our Hillclimb victory – my heart was beating out of my chest as Oli crossed the line,” BAC co-founder and Director of Product Development, Neill Briggs, added.
The brand also had a show stand, where three cars were displayed – the Autodesk Art Car and two Monos. The former was created to demonstrate the airflow of the car, mimicking the Autodesk CFD simulation tool used in development of the Mono sports car.
The Supercars category saw the Audi R8 beating the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo S, followed by the Lamborghini Aventador S, Ford GT and Noble M600 Speedster.
2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed results:
1 Audi R8 Coupe 51.00
2 Nissan GT-R 52.68
3 Porsche 911 Turbo S 53.31
4 Lamborghini Aventador S 54.44
5 Ford GT 54.54
6 Noble M600 Speedster 54.73
7 Rimac Concept S 54.89
8 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro 55.62
9 Pagani Zonda 760RS 57.04
10 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro 57.83
11 Zenvo TSR 58.03
12 Maserati GranTurismo 58.42
13 Nissan BladeGlider 61.80
Race Cars for the Road
1 BAC Mono 49.54
2 Caterham Seven 620R 50.01
3 Radical RXC Turbo 50.83
Gallery: BAC Mono Art Car
Gallery: BAC Mono at Goodwood Festival of Speed
- Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) reigned supreme at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017, winning its class on the famous Hillclimb
- The One-of-a-Kind Mono supercar with BAC Test Driver Oliver Webb at the wheel surged to an impressive time of 49.54 seconds – beating its nearest rival by almost half a second
- BAC took home the Supercars and Race Cars for the Road Shootout trophy, seeing off the likes of the Radical RXC Turbo and the new Lamborghini Aventador S
- The BAC stand was one of the crowning jewels of this year’s event, with the stunning Autodesk Art Car and further features creating Mono Mania
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.”