The Bolt supercar unveiled
A SUPERCAR designed to break the land speed record has been officially unveiled today.
“The Bolt” is the brainchild of the managing director of Keating Supercars, Bolton’s Tony Keating — who has invested millions of pounds in the project.
A souped-up prototype of the new supercar will attempt to break the world speed record for production cars in Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates later this year when it will aim to smash the 300mph barrier.
The Bolt has already attracted the interest of motor manufacturers from around the world and it is hoped that it will go on sale to the public next year.
Tony, aged 41, said: “The car is unique with many of the components engineered in our own workshop. For real supercar enthusiasts, with very deep pockets, a twin turbo charged version of The Bolt would achieve 0 to 60mph in 2 seconds and travel faster than any supercar in history.”
Keating Supercars previously held the world record for a production car in 2009 recording 260.1 mph at Salt Lake Flats, California. The record is currently held by a Bugatti Veyron at 268mph.
In developing The Bolt, Keating Supercars have had technical support from the University of Bolton’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering.
Vice Chancellor Dr George Holmes said: “The University is thrilled to be associated with the development and launch of such a supercar and proud that the man behind it is one of our outstanding graduates.”
For Tony Keating, the six-speed manual gearbox in The Bolt had its early beginnings in work he undertook as a student in Bolton while he was studying automotive engineering. He is currently Managing Director of Electromech Engineering in Wigan, a company that builds generators which are sold all over the world.
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