Back in 2009, Keating announced the TKR — a supercar that delivered a total of 1,800 horsepower and went up to an amazing top speed of 260.1 mph.This number is quite impressive, especially when you consider that the world speed record is currently held by the Bugatti Veyron , and stands at 257.87 mph (or 267.87 mph for the five Super Sport World Record Edition units).
Now it looks like the British manufacturer has bigger plans with a new supercar : The Bolt. Keating aims to hit a top speed of more than 340 mph, making the new "The Bolt" the fastest supercar in the world.
According to the first details we have on the car, this result will be possible, thanks to an innovative supercharger bolted to the engine. Keating reports that this special supercharger switches between normally aspirated and supercharged, depending on the demands of the engine. As a result, the engine’s output ranges from 1,000 to 2,500 horsepower, with fuel economy staying at an amazing 30 mpg.
However, a base The Bolt will be powered by a Chevrolet -sourced 7.0-liter, LS7 V-8 engine capable of delivering between 640 and 800 horsepower, depending on the version. This 800-horsepower variant is rumored to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just two seconds.
The record attempt will take place in the United States or in the Arab Emirates, in August or September next year and will use a heavily tuned version of the supercar. The Bolt will be priced between £150,000 ($240,000) and £750,000 ($1,200,000), depending on the engine specifications and the customer’s choices.
After The Bolt, Keating’s next project will be a front-engined touring car that will aim against Aston Martin models.
Click past the jump for a running tally of the various fastest cars throughout automotive history, ranging from the 12 mph Benz Velo to the 253 mph Veyron.
|Year||Make and model||Top speed|
|1894||Benz Velo||12 mph|
|1949||Jaguar XK120||124.6 mph|
|1955||Mercedes-Benz 300SL||140 mph|
|1958||Aston Martin DB4||141 mph|
|1959||Aston Martin DB4 GT||152 mph|
|1963||Iso Rivolta Grifo A3/L 327||161 mph|
|1967||Lamborghini Miura P400||171 mph|
|1968||Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona||174 mph|
|1984||Ferrari 288 GTO||188 mph|
|1986||Porsche 959||195 mph|
|1987||Ferrari F40||202.687 mph|
|1991||Bugatti EB110 GT||209 mph|
|1992||Jaguar XJ220||213 mph|
|1993||McLaren F1||231 mph|
|April 19, 2005||Bugatti Veyron 16.4||253.81 mph|
|June 26, 2010||Bugatti Veyron Super Sport||257.87 mph|