Keating Sportscars, formerly known as Barabus, is a specialty vehicle manufacturer that has created the one of the worlds fastest supercars. Running with 900 bhp a copy of the achieved 260 mph in the California Salt Lake Flats.
The top speed contender was powered by a twin-turbocharged 427 V8 that could produce 1000 bhp at max boost. Nelson Racing Engines in Chatsworth, California has been a technology partner with Keating and they specialize in racing and street applications.
A true supercar, the TKR is capable of over 200 miles per hour. Zero-to-60 time is under two seconds. When designing the TKR, Barabus put drivability on a wide variety of road conditions high on the list of on the list of objectives. And, while the TKR would be at home on any racetrack, it is also a car that can be driven with pleasure on motorways, autobahns and back roads.
The car is to be made in Italy and the power plant is built in the United Kingdom. While the TKR is a true Italian supercar, the vehicle itself reflects a “best-in-practice” philosophy, where Barabus has incorporated superior components from around the globe in order to manufacture the best vehicle possible. The TKR utilizes ceramic brakes as well as numerous high technology pieces from companies located in Italy.
The Barabus TKR architecture begins with a full carbon fibre body and chassis. Suspension is fully independent unequal length “A” arms. The TKR chassis and suspension are straight from the race track; Adonis Alanagan was enlisted to assist with the design and building of the supercar and packaging of the TKR.
The TKR engine is designed and built by Barabus and incorporates modern racing motor technology and engineering. Based on a V8 all aluminum block re-engineered by Barabus, the twin turbo dual intercooler motor generates 1005 horsepower at 6800 rpm; redlining at 7500 rpm. Space age materials and engineering are used throughout:
* A Barabus Electromech control system computer handles engine management.
* The ignition system is integrated coil-on-plug.
* A longitudinally mounted transaxle, with unique Barabus bell housing, transfers power to the wheels.
The gill-like ducting is fully functional, venting air into the engine. The autoclave carbon fibre body panels beautifully incorporate the advanced aerodynamics and including full underside air management, advanced front tray and side skirt designs.
Upholstery is covered with finest leathers and suedes. Accents are brushed aluminium or carbon fibre and painted body-colour highlights. Air conditioning, adjustable pedals.
The Barabus has a unique interior feature: the rear view “mirror”. There is a small video camera mounted in the rear of the car, with the display is shown normally where the rear mirror is situated.
The Barabus TKR is for sale worldwide. Built in Colonella, Italy, the TKR will be sold through select Barabus certified dealers specializing in exotic automobiles. Worldwide volume is projected to be 300-400 cars over the estimated three-year production run.
The Barabus TKR is on sale at its introduction at the famed British Motorshow, with the first vehicles to be delivered to customers in four months. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is £360,000 (668000$).