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BAC Appoints Mike Flewitt as Chairman

Former McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt has joined specialist car manufacturer BAC as chairman as it continues to expand to meet global demand.

BAC — or Briggs Automotive Company — only has one product: the single-seat BAC Mono supercar. It’s been in production since 2011, and BAC launched a second-generation version of the car in early 2020.

Like Flewitt, BAC is a product of Liverpool, with the company based at premises on the periphery of the Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Flewitt himself was born in the city, and took his first steps in the automotive industry at the then-Ford manufacturing plant at Halewood — only a mile from BAC’s headquarters.

A former vice-president with Ford of Europe, Flewitt is perhaps most notable for his role at McLaren Automotive from 2013 to 2021 which saw him oversee every car from the new brand from the P1 to the hybrid Artura, and the expansion of the brand’s manufacturing facilities.

With BAC planning its own upscaling, including adding new variants of the Mono alongside the regular vehicle and the R as well as its research into graphene, niobium, and hydrogen fuel-cell technologies, it’s selected Flewitt as the ideal person to lead the brand forward at a crucial time.

Speaking about his appointment, Flewitt commented:

“I have long admired what Neill and Ian Briggs have achieved with BAC, and their unflinching determination to engineer one of the finest driving machines on the planet. The single-seater Mono and Mono R supercars are extraordinary accomplishments that could have only been created by continuously pushing the boundaries of automotive technology.

“With BAC’s recent successful expansion across Europe, North America and Asia, the brand is rapidly expanding as a bona fide global player. Having been privileged to see BAC’s future growth plans and details of the new model line-up, I am honoured and excited in equal measure to accept Neill and Ian’s offer to join as Chairman and become part of the BAC story. And given that I started my automotive career on a production line down the road in Halewood, it feels very good to be coming home to Liverpool.”