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Purdue Students To Build Supercars At Discovery Park

Keating Supercars is partnering with the Purdue Discovery Park in West Lafayette, to offer engineering students a chance to build the Viperia Berus supercar.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A British supercar manufacturer is planning to set up shop at Purdue University. 

Keating Supercars is partnering with the Purdue Discovery Park in West Lafayette, to offer engineering students a chance to build the Vipera Berus supercar. Purdue Chemical Engineering Professor Jim Caruthers says it mirrors a program championed by CEO Tony Keating at Bolton University in England.

"He says at Bolton University they are building right hand steering cars," Caruthers said. "So he told us he'd like to do the same thing at Purdue and build left hand drive cars."

Thanks to available student internships at the facility, Caruthers says the operation will allow his students to get hands on experience in manufacturing in order to prepare them for a job in the real world. 

The facility will build around 100 Vipera Berus supercars a year valued between $180,000 and $250,000. Purdue will see $30,000 returned to the school for every car that is sold. 

Once complete and ready for sale, the Vipera Berus will be the fastest street-legal car in the United States with top speeds of 230 miles per hour. Those speeds are on par with your average IndyCar.

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