Keating is preparing to launch a third model, the new ZKRs with an output of up to 2,200hp. Its world debut is scheduled for next April at the Top Marques Monaco 2011. It can be recalled that three years ago, Keating announced its plans to develop a world-beating supercar.
Since then, Keating has built two vehicles including the SKR and TKR models. These are low-slung supercars that are powered by force-fed GM V-8s and have the appearance of Saleen S7 knock-off kits.
Keating claims that its cars offer power outputs up to 2,000hp and top speeds that reach the 260 mph mark. These claims have yet to be verified independently though.
In the last two years, Keating has improved on its design, refining its monocoque chassis so as to lower the center of gravity, as well as installing dual fuel tanks integrated into the chassis to boost its strength and weight distribution.
Keating wants to emphasize that that all of its supercars are built specifically to customer order and that it can meet all the customer’s personal preferences. The Top Marques Monaco 2011 starts on April 14.
Both Keating SKR and TKR supercars feature the same fixed head two seat GT body. But since they are focused on different vehicle categories – for-the-road and on-the-track cars – they have distinct underpinnings and options. For the road-going new Keating SKR supercar, chassis options include both steel spaceframe and full carbon fiber tub while body options include GRP or carbon fiber.
The new SKR is powered by any of the modified GM LS2 and LS7 engines that develop 400 BHP and 500 BHP (normally aspirated versions) as well as 520 BHP and 650 BHP (supercharged). For the TKR track-focused car, powerplant options include 1000 BHP and 1500 BHP versions (twin turbocharged).
The SKR 400 model with spaceframe chassis and GRP body – the heaviest and least powerful in the lineup – feature an estimated performance of 160 mph in top speed, with an ability to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. All models are mid-engine and rear-wheel-driven and are all built to order. Keating does not offer specific colors since customers can have their SKR or TKR wrapped in any color they want.
They also have choice between three instrument types: analog, digital or digital wheel. Moreover, customers are given the chance to pick the dash style. Prices for the SKR and TKR depend on the specification made by the customer, with the tag of the SKR 400 pegged at between £90,000 and the SKR650 at £125,000.
Company chief as well as designer Anthony Keating remarked before the launch that during the development of the project, they had to tackle several issues, particularly because the company’s high standards had caused problems for some earlier sub-contractors.
However, he quipped, the successful shakedown session vindicated the company’s design, engineering and development from the first prototype to the final product. Keating remarked that he is looking forward to launch the new supercar brand on St George’s Day.