People in general have this certain fascination for all things “super”. Some of these have made it to headlines such as supermodels, action-packed movies featuring our favorite superheroes, and then there are the entries from the automotive world – supercars. Seeing stunning creations as supercars leaves jaws dropping to the ground in appreciation of their beauty. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t be left speechless and in awe after seeing a McLaren P1 turning up from one corner of your neighbourhood, right?
Supercars have been developed more extensively in the last few years as people have given more attention to these bad boys. Although it is more expensive than regular sedans, it is compensated by the power that each of these cars possesses. And if you’re an adrenaline junkie, then these types should be the right ride for you.
Soon to be joining the supercar family is a creation from one of the newest competitors in the automotive industry, Keating Supercars. The Bolton-based automaker revealed that they are currently developing a new supercar called the Keating Berus Supercar which is set to debut at the 2017 Monaco Top Marques event. Keating Supercars is slowly carving its path to success by developing light-weight, super-powerful cars that will soon become tight competitors to various familiar faces in the supercar arena.
The Keating Berus Supercar is not the first of Keating’s creations but it is by-far the “most outlandish” one in its arsenal. It was named after a venomous snake known to herpetologists as the Vipera Berus, a viper endemic in Asia and Western Europe. The Keating Berus was designed to look like the Vipera Berus, with its front part resembling the snake’s head while its louver intake and bumper design are made to look like fangs. It has a set of slender vertical headlights and large air extractors on its curved hood that feed into the mid-mounted engine (no specifics on this yet).
There will be two versions of the Berus: one with a V8 engine and the other an electric version. So what do these versions offer? Well, the V8-powered Berus can accelerate in an astonishing 2.4-seconds in a 0 to 60 run and can reach more than 230 mph for its top speed. The electric version on the other hand can deliver around 200 to 400 horsepower and a whopping 1,054 lb.-ft. of torque.
Rumours say that there will be a 485 kW “standard” variant and a massive 1,941 kW twin-turbo flagship which is expected to kick off with 650 horsepower and go to as high as 2,000 horsepower. If this will truly come to production, then the automotive world must step their game up. For now, we’ll have to wait and see what Keating Supercars will reveal in the next months.
As far as what we’ve seen, only a half-scale model of the Berus has been revealed and is currently on display at the Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering at the University of Bolton – Keating’s partner for the Berus project. Design, engineering and production of this supercar will be done in its hometown in Bolton, UK. Renderings of the car have also been released revealing the streamlined coupe and some of its sick supercar traits.