Purdue launches Keating Supercar showroom

Thursday, the fastest street-legal car in the U.S. launched its new showroom on Purdue's campus. However, the opening was just a glimpse of what's to come.

Posted: May 24, 2018 4:49 PM
Updated: May 24, 2018 5:51 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Thursday, the fastest street-legal car in the U.S. launched its new showroom on Purdue's campus. However, the opening was just a glimpse of what's to come.

Tony Keating plans to produce the latest generation of his supercars, the Viperia Berus, with the help of Purdue students and staff. The carmaker space is expected to be at the Discovery District Park.

It's the first time a carmaker has launched a new facility in Indiana since Honda opened a plant in 2006.

The supercar can excel faster than 240 miles per hour. The cars assembled at Purdue will be sold in the United States and Asia. They will sell for between $180,000 and $250,000.

Keating will donate $30,000 for each car sold to support Purdue's STEM program.

"I really enjoyed working on this," said Purdue student Braden Legan. "Cars are a passion of mine and it's nice to work on something that I enjoy and that's also part of Purdue's future."

The supercars won't just benefit Purdue, but also Greater Lafayette.

"As Tony Keating said, he hopes this can all be done locally," said Purdue professor Jim Caruthers. "His comment was if we have local suppliers, I am really going to leverage them that they all get a student intern working with them as well."

Keating Supercars expects to produce 100 cars a year at Purdue. The cars will be available for sale in November.

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