Niche supercar manufacturer Keating launches new V8-engined 'The Bolt' supercar; a modified version is hoped to exceed 340mph
19 September 2013

British manufacturer Keating Supercars has unveiled a prototype version of its new model, the Keating 'The Bolt'.

The Keating, which is a similar size to a McLaren P1, is powered by a 7.0-litre LS7 V8. The engine, sourced from General Motors, transmits its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed transaxle.

Standard output for that particular engine would be in the region of 505bhp and 470lb ft; Keating says its version produces around 640bhp. With a quoted kerb weight of 990kg (although Keating's engineers state a more realistic 1200kg), an 800bhp version of The Bolt is claimed to accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.0sec.

Other notable performance-orientated features include coilover suspension and large ventilated disc brakes all round. The Bolt is also claimed to use 'space-age' lightweight materials, with production versions reputedly featuring carbon/Kevlar panels and an aluminium space frame, while a flat undertray should help reduce drag.

The company, which is run by Dr Anthony Keating, has produced three previous models - the SKR, the TKR and the ZKR. The total number of Keatings built, since the first model was launched in 2006, is claimed to be in the region of 15 cars.

"There are some XJ220 influences in the car," said Keating. "We went to see the Jaguar when it was launched. That's where my passion for all things automotive came from."

Despite being a low-volume sports car the Keating features creature comforts like power steering and air-con, and safety systems like ABS can be specified if desired.

The cars, which are hand built in a small workshop by a team of approximately three staff, are specified by customers from the ground up. Keating offers a twin-turbocharged version, outputting 1000bhp-2500bhp, and a 750bhp supercharged model is also on offer. Customers can, if so inclined, choose their own engine.

"We've also been working on another engine which uses a clutched supercharger system," said Keating.

Prices for the Keating aren't specific, due to the customisable nature of the car. A price of £750,000 is quoted for the 800bhp version, however. Keating hopes that larger sales volumes and refined production could bring the price of an entry level car down to £150,000, some £10,000 more than a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

In October Keating hopes to set a world record for a production car by taking a heavily tuned version of The Bolt to speeds in excess of 340mph. The brochure boldly states that the twin-turbocharged record attempt car will exceed '0.5 mach (340mph)', although Mach 0.5 at sea level is over 380mph.

Previously the company's TKR, which used a 1750bhp twin-turbocharged engine from Nelson Racing Engines, is reputed to have hit 260.1mph at El Mirage in the United States.

Keating's future plans include another rear-engined coupé, with 'more aggressive' front-end styling.

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19 September 2013

Hmm, 1st of April seems to have come round a lot quicker than I expected.

19 September 2013

Am I alone in feeling a touch nervous about the prospect of travelling at over 200mph in something constructed by "approximately" 3 men in a "small workshop"?

I love the sense of mystery and intrigue, in that one's own car might, in fact, have equally likely been built by 2 or 4 men.

Frightening stuff.

19 September 2013
liquidgold wrote:

I love the sense of mystery and intrigue, in that one's own car might, in fact, have equally likely been built by 2 or 4 men.

I think it depends on your interpretation (or, rather, Keating's) of "approximately". 2 or 4 don't seem to be approximately 3 to me. I'd restrict "approximately" to a variation of around 25%, which would allow for various combinations of amputees but not an entire extra or fewer person.

19 September 2013
Sporky McGuffin wrote:
liquidgold wrote:

I love the sense of mystery and intrigue, in that one's own car might, in fact, have equally likely been built by 2 or 4 men.

I think it depends on your interpretation (or, rather, Keating's) of "approximately". 2 or 4 don't seem to be approximately 3 to me. I'd restrict "approximately" to a variation of around 25%, which would allow for various combinations of amputees but not an entire extra or fewer person.

Does lack of ability to place a wheel in the centre of the wheelarch, or a clear loss of touch with reality count as a % reduction of a man?

19 September 2013

I also have a car which will go 341MPH with a 7.1litre version of the Z06 engine with three turbos... And its about as likely to go that speed as this car.

Seriously, they annouce a car with 650BHP and claimed a modified version which you can have "customers own choice of engine" will go 340MPH... Unless its a Jet engine it wont be. Poor PR, makes them look really bad, when the car itself is quite nice, if dated.

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19 September 2013

Looks like a piece of kit-car crap! Ugly too.

Cyborg

19 September 2013

The switchgear from my Mini...

19 September 2013

Looks almost exactly the same as a Saleen S7 with that extended tail.
Plus some mental Russian has allegedly bored and tuned the twin turbo V8 in his S7 to 10ltrs and 2000+bhp

Similar mods to the LS7 in this thing and who knows how fast if you can find a long enough straight bit of road.... Death Valley maybe?

19 September 2013

haha the fact the cars ginger says it all!

Mind you the MG SV could provide a 1000bhp with an factory approved nitrous kit! So it makes this seem much more tame.

19 September 2013

XJ220 influences? Where? It looks like a super-generic faux-supercar made with a big jelly-mould in someone's garage. Someone who has no imagination or sense of originality.

340mph is hilarious. How many more of these super-lame super-plastic super-fake "supercars" does the world need? None of them ever deliver the goods because they try to sell the sky but can only give you a bag of hot air.

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