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Keating Bolt - Fastest Car in The World

By raccars Published

A Manchester based firm claims to have produced a 340mph capable supercar, a prototype of which will be testing this claim in the United Arab Emirates later in the year. Along with its world beating top speed, the Keating Bolt also claims a 0-60mph speed of 2.0 seconds.

The ridiculously fast car is the brainchild of Keating Supercars owner and director, Dr Anthony Keating. Since its inception in 2006, Keating Supercars is alleged to have built only 16 cars, but the company has a history of producing speed demons, with its three previous models – the SKR, TKR and ZKR – and a previous world record title for fastest production car at 260.1mph in California's Salt Lake Flats in 2009. The current fastest production car in the world is the Bugatti Veyron at 268mph.

The Keating Bolt is powered by a centrally mounted, twin turbocharged 7.0 litre LS7 V8 petrol engine, developing 800 horsepower. While the car's inventor claims a number of unique components for his projects, this engine is a GM product, usually producing some 505bhp. Currently, Keating admits to getting about 640bhp out of it but is working on an 800bhp version, with a sub-1,000kg kerb weight.

However the proof of the pudding will be seen in Ras al Khaimah in the UAE this October, when a seriously tuned Bolt will attempt to pass 300mph. In the meantime, the super sports car has attracted plenty of interest from the auto press and other manufacturers. It costs an eye watering £750,000. At the moment, the car is still in development but production versions are expected to go on sale in 2014.

Dr Keating has invested millions of pounds into the project, which was developed jointly with the Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering of the University of Bolton. A protoype version was unveiled at the university this month. Keating himself was educated at Bolton and began developing the Bolt's transmission system while studying there.

The rear wheel drive car will have a carbon fibre and Kevlar bodyshell for weight reduction, a six speed gearbox and some surprising convenience features, such as powered steering, air conditioning and ABS. Less convenient is its habit of working its way through an entire tank of fuel within nine minutes at full power.

Each Keating is produced to order by a team of three engineers, building by hand in a small workshop. If sales volumes could be increased, Dr Keating has suggested that economies of scale could bring the price down significantly, with entry level models potentially available from about £150,000.

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