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Keating Bolt: 0-100kph in two seconds and it’s speeding to a world record attempt in UAE

The Keating Bolt, an 800 horsepower British-made car, hopes to beat the fastest car in the world - a position currently held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

The Keating Bolt can achieve 0 to 60mph in two seconds and is aiming to become ‘faster than any supercar in history’, says founder and designer of Keating Supercars, Anthony Keating. Courtesy: Keating Supercars
The Keating Bolt can achieve 0 to 60mph in two seconds and is aiming to become ‘faster than any supercar in history’, says founder and designer of Keating Supercars, Anthony Keating. Courtesy: Keating Supercars

DUBAI // A new supercar will take to a Ras Al Khaimah track as it aims to become the world’s fastest road car.

The 800 horsepower British-made car, the Keating Bolt, has a six-speed gearbox using light-weight “space-age” material.

It can “take you from a heart-thumping thumping 230mph plus to an astronomical and out-of-this-world 0.5 Mach (340mph)”, the Manchester-based company, Keating Supercars, said.

Hitting a speed of 0.5 Machs is equivalent to an aircraft travelling at half the speed of sound, car experts say. The record for the world’s fastest road car is held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which can clock 268mph.

But Keating Supercars hope to beat this record in RAK later this year.

Anthony Keating, founder and designer of Keating Supercars, said the Bolt, which will go on sale for a whopping Dh4.5million, could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just two seconds.

“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 two seconds and travel faster than any supercar in history,” Mr Keating told the Mail Online website.

With supercars being a big hit in the UAE, enthusiasts said the world record attempt would attract plenty of attention.

“People would look at this for speed, exclusivity and because it is an exotic car,” said Vijay Pillai, the owner of Max Garage, a company that services and restores classic cars.

“There are people here who would definitely want to have one of these. The speed and power also satisfies some people because it is a one-off car that can attract all the attention and they would like to be identified with it.”

rtalwar@thenational.ae