If a small British manufacturer came to me and said, "Look, we've got this car. It's 50 grand, it's got a V8, it's light and it'll do 0-60mph in about five seconds", I'd be more than interested.

After all, I'm always glad to see start-up companies coming up with new and inspirational products, or smaller manufacturers forging successful niches for themselves.

One that boldly claims its car can do 0-60mph in two seconds, all thanks to an eminently predictable combination of components and a conventional design, however, is dangerously close to being automatically dismissed as vapourware.

Even more suspicions are raised when you see quotes like 'space-age and lightweight materials', '0.5 mach (340mph)', 'unrivalled knowledge' and 'world-beating car' dotted with abandon through the press materials.

However, the car in question - the new Keating 'The Bolt' - certainly sounds interesting once you've cut through the chaff. Composite bodywork, a tubular chassis, the ever-dependable combination of a rear-mounted LS V8 engine and a six-speed transaxle, no driver aids and a claimed kerb weight of 990kg - all good things.

I appreciated the fact that it did indeed use a GM-sourced 505bhp 7.0-litre LS7 engine as well, because it indicated a degree of realism and dependability about the product. Here's a manufacturer who's openly not going for an unreliable, costly or unfeasible powerplant, instead sticking with a tried-and-tested unit.