Keating TKR Seeks 'Fastest Car in the World' Title

Keating TKR world record car
Keating TKR world record car

Top speed of 260.1 mph

Following its first showing at London's MPH09 show last week, Keating supercars has announced plans to confirm the record for world's fastest car with their TKR supercar.

While details are limited, the TKR is powered by a 7.0-liter engine that produces 1800 bhp. Keating has been mum on details, but sources seem to suggest the engine is based on the LS7 from the Chevrolet Corvette (which makes sense, the picture is a horribly-cropped GM press photo).

During its first run at the Salt Lake Flats in California, the TKR hit a top speed of 260.1 mph - 3 mph more than the SCC Ultimate Aero and 7 mph faster than the Bugatti Veyron. If the car can repeat the same feat, it will earn the title as the world's fastest production car in the Guinness Book of World Records.

According to Tony Keating, founder of Keating Supercars based in Manchester, "The Keating TKR realizes our ambition to take on the world's finest supercars and win. This car rivals them all for looks, handling, performance and exclusivity. And best of all, it's British."


British supercar manufacturer and challenger for the production car world land speed record, Keating, will have its 260.1mph TKR supercar on display at this year's MPH Show featuring Top Gear Live at London's Earls Court on 5 November.

In the first of two runs on the Salt Lake Flats in California last month, the remarkable 7.0 litre, 1800 BHP Keating TKR smashed the current record, adding an extra 3 mph to the top speed of existing title holder, the Shelby Aero TT. Now the Manchester based company must do it again to ensure entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

But before it returns to California, the breathtaking Keating TKR will make its MPH show debut in London tomorrow in front of capacity crowds.

Tony Keating, founder of Keating Supercars, said: "The Keating TKR realises our ambition to take on the world's finest supercars and win. This car rivals them all for looks, handling, performance and exclusivity. And best of all, it's British."

The awesome piece of engineering will be on the Reef Paint Shop stand at MPH The Prestige and Performance Motor Show.

Reef Paint Shop Managing Director, Andrew Figini, said: "We are delighted to have the association with Keating and be part of the MPH Show.

"We stripped the original red colour and replaced with a gloss black finish with custom flair in candy-brandy wine before clear-coating - it looks spectacular when the light hits it."



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Marcel1 Marcel1
TKR is not production car,the best for the moment is SSC Aero TT approuved by Guyness.but whatch the Venom GT by Hennessey?
Dec 31st, 2009 2:56am
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Bugattiboy Bugattiboy
oh, and to add, I think its pretty lame that the TKR needs almost DOUBLE the power of the Veyron to go only 7mph faster than the veyron. Shits weak! Just poor aerodynamics and use of available power.
Nov 17th, 2009 4:17pm
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Bugattiboy Bugattiboy
There are some seriously good points in this discussion, but I definitely love the comment by erzhik. Dude, you are so right, if the buggati veyron was stripped to sweet F$#% all inside besides seats, then it would def kick all these cars ass. The TKR, while bein impressive in speed, is not an everyday day. Can you imagine some rich little asshole buying one then deciding "I think I'll see how fast this car is"? He'll kill himself in 3 seconds. The fact is that the veyron is a far superior car in looks, handling,power and overall make up.
Nov 17th, 2009 4:10pm
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kc358 kc358
It has the exact same body as the Saleen S7 and the engine from a Corvette. I believe the USA deserves more credit than Britain for this one. What a copy and piece of shit. No respect even if it goes 290mph.
Nov 15th, 2009 7:13pm
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carbonfibreguy carbonfibreguy
"Salt Lake Flats in California". Really? I don't remember having a salt lake here...
Nov 11th, 2009 3:16pm
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ricer8 ricer8
Totally agree with you hbbs. Hate when people mock dreamers that become acheivers!
Nov 11th, 2009 9:31am
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A supercar must looks like no other and feels like no other, fast, excites, handles brilliantly and at 21st century level, must feel complete piece of perfect engineering marvel, not a scrappy kit car. Fastest car maybe, but a car which true car fans wants? Definitely NOT! unless you're 5 years old and want the fastest thing in the world, in that case, get a plane.
Nov 11th, 2009 5:43am
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XtremeMaC01 XtremeMaC01
somewhat resembles me of jag xjr
Nov 11th, 2009 2:38am
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radmeister radmeister
Too bad that the record will have to wait for Production car status, i doubt 50 have been built or sold yet. Same for the Aero, the Veyron is still king. And even if this thing is 7mph faster does it do it as elegantly and smoothly as a Veyron? Doubt it, if all you cared about was speed get yourself a rocket racer with a Jet engine and 20,000lbs of thrust.
Nov 10th, 2009 11:36pm
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dmanero dmanero
Looks impressive, but what with the body made of. I may be mistaken and I hope I am but is the front portition of the car made of wood. Also the car looks better with the wing.
Nov 10th, 2009 10:51pm
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e36mmm e36mmm
it looks like a pos kit car hardcore. Bugatti is laughing their rears off :D Nothing can beat bugatti veyron for speed, elegance and comfort.
Nov 10th, 2009 8:57pm
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mojtaba2 mojtaba2
why do they compare this stupid car to Bugatti Veyron. speed is not everything. let them talk when they can make a car as fast and as comfy as a Bugatti veyron!
Nov 10th, 2009 7:11pm
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MusTang MusTang
one thing to say: this car isn't comfortable as a Bugatti
Nov 10th, 2009 6:02pm
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Beemer89 Beemer89
its no where near bugatti in terms of elegance.
Nov 10th, 2009 3:18pm
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tootall tootall
And where on earth are they going with this coment "And best of all, it's British." Not exactly ALL British! Hello.......... The powerplant that resides within it's engine-bay is the Corvette's LS7, which the last time I checked was as American as apple pie.
Nov 10th, 2009 1:50pm
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
It's built in Britain using British engineering nous. I think that counts as British. No one goes working out where the components are from or whose money funds it and making a call on which nation it comes from based on that. The automotive industry is global. If we bothered we'd be calling Jeep Austrian and many Chryslers German.
Nov 10th, 2009 9:43pm
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Xenicide Xenicide
Because hbbs, it's so much easier to sit back and be critical of car companies when the only accomplishment they have in their lives is... nothing. The looks are similar to others because this seems to be an efficient aerodynamic setup. 1800 is a lot of ponies, but check out the Veyron. A car with half of it's horsepower can get 0-60 just as quick. At the time the Veyron set the record, we were all thinking the same thing, "Damn... 1000 horse power?"
Nov 10th, 2009 1:09pm
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hbbs0069 hbbs0069
wat i dont get is wth is every1 mocking the TKR it surely does look like a zonda n saleen and 1 big reason for tht is this car was made by normal person with his own money not like multi billion dollar company such as VW then comes the 1800 bhp i agree tht its too much to acheive 7 bhp more but wat u guys are missing is tht its tuned frm a 7 litre corvette engine if u wanna critisize engines then Veyron is on the top WTF man 16-litres 10 raditors 4 turbos tht is BULL**** cars such as the TKR, SSC n ulitma GTR shld be praised for the engines
Nov 10th, 2009 12:47pm
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carbonfibreguy carbonfibreguy
IMO at least it looks better than the SCC aero...not liking the rear at all though!
Nov 10th, 2009 12:27pm
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599FXX 599FXX
even one of the press release photo's shows them fixing it on the track during a photo shoot! and how about the closeup of the side intake, really well engineered and built!
Nov 10th, 2009 11:31am
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nickmini nickmini
Fastest kit car in the world. 1800ps(YES!) but only 3+mph on SCC Aero and 7+mph on Veyron? How efficient is that! How many 1800ps top speed run can it survive? less than 10?
Nov 10th, 2009 11:13am
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erzhik erzhik
"This car rivals them all for looks, handling, performance and exclusivity". They can't be serious, can they? Oh yeah, this kit car looks better than the Veyron, sure.. [/sarcasm]. This pig makes Aero look like a super model. Why can't all these car companies realize that if you strip down Veyron of all of its luxury, it can literally destroy them?! Its so annoying hearing about these new car makers that think they can make a car better than Veyron. There is and never will be a car that even comes close to Veyron. And this home made kit car doesn't have anything, not even a good name.
Nov 10th, 2009 10:16am
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tootall tootall
Hmmmm..... you just might be on to something there Erzhik! What if they really DID strip down the Veron and uped the performance some?!?! That would be truly intense. I wonder what they would call it..... The Veron RS maybe? :) Just a thought.
Nov 10th, 2009 1:36pm
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