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.
The ambitious British supercar maker, Keating Supercars, first fell onto the radar in 2008 when they presented the world with their first two vehicles: the SKR and the TKR. Both cars featured V8 engines, but the power behind those engines was extravagantly different. The SKR was able to produce a measly (in comparison) 500hp while the TKR pushed out an extraordinary 1500hp. Now the British automaker is pushing the limits even more with the new ZKR delivering a mouth-watering 2200hp!
The supercar will be introduced to the world at the Top Marques Monaco in April 2011. This new supercar line will be powered by both supercharged and turbo-charged engines with power ranging from 600 to 2200 HP. Like with all other Keating models, the future ZKR will be hand-built on a monocoque chassis to help reduce the car’s center of gravity. Dual low lying fuel tanks are also positioned accordingly to increase chassis strength and performance.
More details will be revealed closer to the official launch.
After the SKR, Keating revealed today the first image of the TKR supercar, a model that was claimed to become the fastest production car. Tony Keating announced a top speed of 260 mph.
The Keating TKR is powered by a 7.0 liter engine that delivers a total of 1800 hp.
Press release after the jump.
After eight long years in development and many trials and tribulations, new British car manufacturer Keating Supercars finally unveiled their SKR and TKR supercars.
The new cars were revealed in a tension packed ceremony at country manor Meols Hall, on the north west coast as part of a closed doors event attended by leading print, digital and broadcast media and a number of special guests.
SKR and TKR signify the road car and competition targeted track car respectively. Both variants share the same curvaceous fixed head two seat GT body, but the underpinnings and other options differ greatly.
Chassis options include both steel spaceframe and full carbon fibre tub, while the body itself can be ordered in GRP or carbon fibre. Power throughout the range comes in four steps from 400 BHP to 650BHP from V8 engines based on the GM LS2 and LS7 engines modified by Keating engineers. 400BHP and 500BHP are normally aspirated, 520BHP and 650BHP supercharged, while further TKR options include twin turbocharged 1000BHP and 1500BHP versions. All engines are mid mounted and drive through rear transaxles.
Quoted performance for the SKR 400 with spaceframe chassis and GRP body, which is the least powerful and heaviest in the range, is 0-60mph acceleration in 4 seconds and a top speed of 160mph.
Keating will unveil today the TKR and the SKR supercars in Southport, UK. As Keating says the TKR will be able to compete with Bugatti Veryon.
The SKR is powered by a Chevrolet V8 engine, developing 404bhp and 400 lbs-ft of torque. A 500 hp, a supercharged 520 and 650 hp versions will also be offered.
All models are rear-wheel drive and most will use a steel spaceframe chassis, although Keating says it plans track derivatives with twin-turbos and a lighter, carbonfibre chassis.
The road-going SKR is a two-seater that drives through a five-speed manual gearbox and measured 4300mm long, 1800mm wide and 1100mm tall. The standard SKR with a steel spaceframe and naturally-aspirated engine weighs 1190kg.