We were delighted to be asked to produce a launch event for Tony Keating's new super car The Bolt at our studio facility in Wakefield last month. His car, which was developed in with technical support from The University of Bolton's Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering, is expected to exceed 300mph as it attempts to break the world speed record for a production car in the United Arab Emirates later this year.
Tony Keating and The Universoty of Bolton Vice Chancellor Dr George Holmes approached LS-Live to our 17,664 sq ft production rehearsal studio for the car launch and also to pull together the entire show. In just three days, we built a house stage incorporating one of our turntables and a platform for the car to sit on as it descended from the gantry roof via a kinesys flying system. We also called upon the resources of our supplier friends that we work closely with - HSL Group provided the lighting and video for the event, BPM SFX put together a special pyrotechnics display and Stage Pro installed a sound system.
The car launch was hosted by MC Gordon Burns and featured performances by X Factor contestant Laura White and the Wakefield Wildcats cheerleaders. Guests were invited to inspect the car, which is the fourth car to be developed by Astley-based Keating Supercars, founded by engineer Anthony Keating in 2006. The key to the latest model is a new kind of supercharger. The super car can go from 0 - 60mph in just two seconds.
The University of Bolton’s Vice Chancellor Dr George Holmes commented on the event: “Astonishing; it just shows what LS-Live and Backstage Academy can do and also what a talented engineer Tony is. We formed the Bolton Mechanics Institute as it used to be 189 years ago and here we are today with a world leading car, what else can I say other than astonishing?”
Said Tony Keating: “If I was looking for the world to move, I came to the right place! These guys built a fantastic show in three days, Bullet has been brilliant, it’s a wonderful arena and it’s good to be on a stage where so many big artists have been.”