Every time I take the Digital Trends superyacht out on the open seas, I do so with a sports car-shaped hole in my heart. It’s a nice boat, sure, but the salty air does a number on my brake calipers, so I end up having to leave the supercars at home. That, and it’s a real pain to hoist my Pagani over the deck rails.
It’s a rough life, but there is hope. Briggs Automotive Company, a British sports car manufacturer also known as BAC, has announced plans to build a special Marine Edition of its Mono supercar. It’s specifically designed for use with superyachts, as it features custom chassis lifting points for cranes, mounts for securing it to helipads, and an anti-corrosive coating to prevent rust and erosion. It appears that my prayers have been answered.
“I started my career designing luxury yachts and I have wanted to combine my love of marine and automotive design ever since,” said BAC co-founder Ian Briggs. “The Marine Edition Mono represents purpose and style for a clientele that knows no compromise.”
“Today’s super-yachts are paragons of exquisite taste, exceptional design, and the ultimate experience possible,” echoed Andrew Whitney, Director of Strategy & Corporate Development at BAC. “It is only fitting that owners should be able to extend that experience beyond the vessel upon arrival.”
As you can tell by the attached renderings, the Marine Edition has not been completed yet, and each example is being built to order. Whenever the first one goes out, though, the owner is in for quite the ride.
Based on the 2016 model year Mono, the vehicle weighs just 1,278 pounds and produces 305 horsepower from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, meaning 0 to 60 mph is dealt with in just 2.8 seconds. Handling is equally impressive as well, as it remains the second fastest vehicle in lapping the Top Gear test track with a time of 1:14.3.
The cost for all this performance? A whopping $775,350, or a couple trips to your favorite superyacht filling station.