Supercar revved-up for its official launch
A SUPERCAR designed to break the land speed record will be officially launched on Wednesday.
The Bolt, a supercar developed by Bolton engineer, Dr Tony Keating, will be unveiled at Langthwaite Grange Business Park in Yorkshire.
FibrLec, the firm behind the car, was set up in March to commercialise the University of Bolton’s innovative smart material, which produces electricity by harnessing the power of the sun as well as movement created by wind and rain.
The firm, which is run by brothers Dan and Dr Keating, as well as Bolton lad Jamie MacGregor, says it hopes to “transform the energy business beyond recognition” and use profits to fund free places for every student at the university within five years.
Dr Keating and Mr MacGregor are both University of Bolton graduates.
The University of Bolton had organised a spectacular evening of entertainment, at the Reebok Stadiumon September 19 — the day after the unveiling of The Bolt.
But this has had to be cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
Dr Zubair Hanslot, Provost, External Relations, said: “Due to disappointing ticket sales a decision was made to cancel the gala ball.” But the Bolt Supercar launch is going ahead — on Wednesday—at an exciting unveiling event. The gala ball had been designed to promote networking among local businesses and organisations, as well as fundraising to provide financial support and scholarships for students recruited to the innovative new Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE) has been cancelled.
The new centre with its partnership with RLR Msport is unique and making it the first of its kind in the country.
Honours degrees being offered there are BSc in Motorsport Technology and BEng in Automotive Performance Engineering.
And students will get real-life race team experience and first-hand use of new and state-of-the-art racing technology Dr Keating hopes The Bolt will break the world land speed record for a production car next month. The record currently stands at 267.8mph.
The Bolt is the fourth car to be developed by Keating Supercars.
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