Briggs Automotive Company – better known as BAC – has a new chairman. The exotic sports car maker has appointed Mike Flewitt, who will join the company’s senior leadership team after leaving McLaren in October 2021. Flewitt has more than four decades of experience in the automotive industry and BAC believes he will bring “world-class automotive innovation, manufacturing and expertise strategic management” to producers.
BAC has been enjoying increasing demand for its single-seater Mono sports cars and sees the potential to expand its business into new markets around the world. In 2023, the British brand is expected to launch a new addition to the Mono portfolio. The company is also working on new technologies for the future.
“With BAC’s recent successful expansion across Europe, North America and Asia, the brand is rapidly growing as a bona fide global player,” commented Flewitt upon accepting to join BAC. “Having been privileged to see BAC’s future growth plans and details of the new model lineup, I am honored and excited to accept Neill and Ian’s offer to join as Chair and be part of the BAC story. And considering I started my automotive career on the production line at Halewood, it feels great to be coming home to Liverpool.”
Flewitt has a successful history of launching new sports cars and supercars and his experience will be vital in BAC’s ambitious upgrade plans and new product development for years to come. Flewitt led McLaren’s automotive division between 2013 and 2021 and was responsible for the launch of a wide range of full-range cars. It’s probably fair to say that he had a decisive role in turning McLaren into one of the world’s leading supercar brands.
About a month ago, BAC celebrated its 150th production of the single-seater Mono. It was a Mono R with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine producing 342 horsepower (255 kilowatts). The engine is mated to a sequential six-speed gearbox derived from Formula 3.
BAC was founded in 2009 and the first Mono arrived about two years later. Last year, the company expanded its retail network into new markets, including Germany, Singapore and Malaysia. The automaker is headquartered in Liverpool where it also builds its own cars. As a final note, Flewitt who was at McLaren was replaced by former Ferrari CEO Michael Leiters.