Keating TKR

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Keating TKR
Overview
Manufacturer Keating Supercars
Production 2009–present
Assembly UK
Body and chassis
Body style 2-seat Berlinetta
Layout Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine 7L Twin turbocharged V8, 2002bhp
Transmission 5-Speed manual
Dimensions
Length 4,413 millimetres (173.7 in)
Width 1,900 millimetres (75 in)
Height 1,145 millimetres (45.1 in)
Curb weight 1,190 kilograms (2,620 lb)

The Keating TKR [1] is a British sports car. It uses parts from the Saleen S7 and the Pagani Zonda. The company that produces it (Keating; formerly known as Barabus Sportscars Ltd) was founded by Tony Keating and is based in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. The TKR features a twin turbo-charged 7.0L V8 petrol engine derived from the General Motors LS (LS7) series developing 2,002 hp (1,493 kW). According to Keating, it can accelerate from 0-60 in 2 seconds.[2]

The TKR has been recorded travelling at 260.1 mph[3][4] at the El Mirage Lake, California. In 2010 the TKR was set to be the car of choice to break the blind land speed record. Unfortunately, the car crashed on a test run and was unable to break this record.

Development[edit]

Barabus TKR[edit]

Barabus TKR
Overview
Manufacturer  GBR Barabus
Powertrain
Engine 6.0 L V8 Bi-Turbo – 1005 HP
Chronology
Successor Keating TKR
Barabus TKR-1 in London at the British Motor Show in 2006

The idea for a car with the attributes of the Barabus TKR was born in 1996. British and Italian designers looked for the appropriate technical solutions, borrowing the knowledge and experience of race car drivers. The project was formed in the Italian town of Colonnella and included a plan to import the drive system from a factory in Great Britain.

Eventually, a prototype was placed on display at the 2006 British International Motor Show in London. The outcome of the Anglo-Italian collaboration was a powerful car created from the vision of a Filipino - Adonis Alanagan. The inaugural design of the car was inspired by the American Saleen S7 for its front section, and the Italian Pagani Zonda for its rear structure. The vehicle was designed to compete with other high-powered supercars, like the Bugatti Veyron, and the ultimate aim of the car's creators was to achieve superior performance versus the competition, as well as suitability on public roads. At the time of its official release in mid-2006, the Barabus TKR was promoted as a supercar that could reach a top speed of 435 kilometres per hour (270 mph),[5] with the capacity to reach 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) from a stationary position in 2 seconds.[6]

The TKR uses an eight-cylinder engine with 6.0 litres (1.6 US gal) capacity and is equipped with two turbochargers. The engine produces 1005 horsepower, which classifies it among the most powerful production cars in the world, including the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Bristol Fighter T, and SSC Ultimate Aero.[citation needed] An additional, unique feature is a camera and monitor in place of the conventional rearview mirror—a small camera is mounted in the rear of the car for the purpose of feeding a monitor located where the rearview mirror traditionally sits. The interior of the TKR is made from a combination of fine leather and suede, while the accents are provided by super light construction materials (such as brushed aluminium or carbon fiber) combined with painted highlights.[6]

  1. ^ http://www.keatingsupercars.co.uk/
  2. ^ http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/First-Official-Pictures/Is-Keating-heading-for-the-record-books/
  3. ^ http://www.topspeed.com/cars/keating-tkr/ke3162.html
  4. ^ http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1038101_keating-boasts-260-1-mph-top-speed-for-tkr-supercar
  5. ^ Leftlane Staff (21 July 2006). "Barabus TKR takes over as world's fastest car?". leftlanenews.com. LEFT LANE NEWS. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Simona (21 July 2006). "2007 Barabus TKR". topspeed.com. TopSpeed.com. Retrieved 5 April 2012.