New British sports car maker launches new supercar
23 April 2008

This is the new Keating SKR supercar, which has been launched by the fledgling British sports car maker today - St George’s Day.

Early details reveal a familiar low-volume sports car recipe. For a start it’s got a Chevrolet V8 engine, developing 404bhp and 400lb ft torque at an entry-level state of tune. 

Keating will also offer a bored-out 500bhp version, along with supercharged 520 and 650bhp options. Each car will be built to suit individual customer requirements.

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.

It’s claimed that these racing models, dubbed TKR, have achieved 1600bhp in dyno testing and will challenge for world speed records in the near future.

Meanwhile, 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.

Anthony Keating, who owns the brand, says he “hasn’t tried to build the most technologically advanced car in the world” but that “quality” and “reliability” are paramount. Prices for the SKR have not yet been announced. 

 

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23 April 2008

Best of luck to them - I cannot help but think of this though (which does ring true on some counts!):

http://www.sniffpetrol.com/BritSupercarForm.gif


mpw

23 April 2008

Maybe I'm just not a teenage boy anymore, but I can't see the point of this or many other 'supercars'. If it's just a track car then fine, but if they really want to market it as a road car, why?? All these sorts of cars look the same to me, far moreso than many 'eurobox' saloons that have the same accusation made against them. Who cares about 500bhp and 200mph in a car that is barely usable. Give me a 250bhp, 120mph AC Cobra anyday.

24 April 2008

What happened to the "come back later for the Autocar review" at the foot of the article? I was looking forward to it...

Anonymous

24 April 2008

Julian we were told we could drive it. Two of us went up to Southport to do so and when we got there we were told we couldn't drive it and nor could any other journalist. So apologies but it wasn't our fault this time. By the way the demo car's gearbox also went west as it was being driven in front of the assembled media. So, all in all, not a great day out for the Autocar team.

24 April 2008

Thanks for the reply!

24 April 2008

you would of been able to i believe,but someone drove over the white line.

this being a RAF base,they are quite strict,so they stopped anyone else testing it.

to me this looks a great car,and good luck to them,its good to see a British firm taking on the big boys.

there are links on the web to video of this car

2 September 2008

Anyone know what happened to this car/company? It was implied elsewhere at the time that it was one of those situations where orders were needed in order for things to progress. Their website doesn't inspire confidence - its awful - but I would be interested to know how they are doing. Also Invicta, Connaught Type D GT, Breckland Beira (the one based on the Saturn Sky), etc I noticed on the Breckland website that they have, in the past, also produced the Tommy Kaira ZZ and the Mosler M900T. I remember the Tommy Kaira had decent reviews and was featured in Gran Turismo on the PS2...

2 September 2008

The Breckland was featured on last nights Fifth Gear, and I do have to say it looks a lot better on moving film than it does in the photographs I have seen. From what I can make out they are alive and very much kicking!

And I really quite fancy one!

As for the Keating, from what I have read about this car, I hope it sinks without a trace. It looks awful in all respects! I don't normally wish anyone bad luck, but this is clearly a company that are way way out of their depth.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

2 September 2008

Thanks. You know it's impossible to register on your 'My Autocar' blog because the bit where you have to type the image into a text box, the image doesn't appear. Regarding Recaro seat wear - I once arranged for a dry cleaner in Surrey to fix it. They had an Italian tailor who managed to virtually invisibly repair a hole in the side bolsters of a mark2 Golf Gti using a dark cloth patch, some weird glue stuff that melted and disappeared and an industrial-looking iron. Was very cheap too. Think it was Swan laundrette...

2 September 2008

[quote julianphillips]You know it's impossible to register on your 'My Autocar' blog because the bit where you have to type the image into a text box, the image doesn't appear.[/quote]

"My Autocar" seems to have been abandoned by its owners. I don't think it's been updated for ages! Wasn't even sure anyone looked at it any more. Don't really get a chance to blog that much any more, except when something interesting happens in my motoring life. Thanks for looking though.

[quote julianphillips]Regarding Recaro seat wear - I once arranged for a dry cleaner in Surrey to fix it. They had an Italian tailor who managed to virtually invisibly repair a hole in the side bolsters of a mark2 Golf Gti using a dark cloth patch, some weird glue stuff that melted and disappeared and an industrial-looking iron. Was very cheap too. Think it was Swan laundrette...[/quote]

Ta for that, may look them up. Got a quote the other day and nearly fell through the floor - £275! The guy had a good reputation, but it was a little more than I figured for just one bolster!!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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