The story behind Martin Keenan And MK Engineering
when i left school i went onto college to study welding and Engineering , and qualified as a coded welder
Before I started building kit cars I had a small engineering company doing fabrication work,
My hobby as always been cars and motorbikes, I have built go-karts, motorbikes, side cars, oval racers, stock cars and raced them all.
It all started when I read Ron champion's book build your own sports car for as little as £250.00,
In 1996 and I built my own road going car, from then on I went my own way with certain aspects of the chassis and suspension design, it was the professional level of finish that got my car noticed.
Soon I was supplying chassis's and wishbones for those people who did not have time to weld their own, then I realised that escort donor parts where getting scares so I went on to base the car on sierra components.
The MK INDY
Was the result with a brand new chassis design using as much of the sierra as possible the MK INDY had the independent suspension were we got the name INDY from.
I set up back in 2001 were I started supplying chassis?s and parts from my new unit in langold, worksop ( which kit featured us in 2002)
I started supplying to Norway were a race series was set up for our cars, and also in Spain and Holland.
In 2003 which kit Mr, John 'doc' Watson built a MK INDY (featured in which kit Nov 2003)
Was a Radical, looking sporty 2 seater, built around a strong, fully welded, space frame chassis. Designed to carry Bike engines, mounted in the rear. The 3 piece fibreglass body shell gave it a real racing body, whilst allowing it to pass SVA for everyday road use, this car was featured on men and motors.
In 2004 i semi retired and moved back working from the side of my house, were I went on to design the GT-R it was very similar to the GT1 but was redesigned and features many differences in respect of the wishbones, pick up points and roll centres.
The GT-R had an Audi 1.8 litre motor and gear box were as the GT-1 was bike engined only. (Featured in kit car in Jan 2005)
It was very much like a le-mans style car, then I sold the project to Paul Nightingale (spire sports cars)
In 2006 I designed and developed the SPRINT-R a single seater road legal kit car, which i got on new registration plates as there was no donor vehicle all parts were manufactured and supplied by myself. The car was powered by a Yamaha R1 Engine, weighing just 350kg, with a paddle shift gear change, and with race style suspension with inboard coil overs promise?s traffic handling.
In 2007 performance publishing?s ltd (publishers of which kit car? Magazine) drove the car at Brand?s Hatch and said he really enjoyed driving the car, and predict it will be amongst is favourite drives of 2007. The track test appeared in on the may cover dated issue which came out on the (20th April 2007)
MK MIDI 2008
In 2008 I designed and developed the MK MIDI a mid engined two seater car , which takes any chain driven motorbike engine, There is no donor vehicle for this car all parts are manufactured and supplied by myself ( MK ENGINEERING) with starter kits from as little as £1995.00 or the deluxe kit at £3495.00, and fiberglass set at £410.00
You can build a basic track car for around £7500.00 and a road legal iva'd car for £8500.00- £9000.00
There is a feature of the MK MIDI'S first drive in complete kit car (JULY 2009).
In 2011 i designed and developed the MK BEAM-R which is a BMW engined seven style kitcar.
i have just modified the car for Mike Newman and put dual pedals and another steering wheel so that he can do track days (as mr Mike Newman is blind but as a very strong passion for fast cars)
F600 autograss car
The beginning of 2012 i designed and developed the f600 auto grass car.
one of the main reasons for doing this car is that my daughter had to retire from motorcrossing due to having a curvurture of the spine and found motocrosssing to demanding on her back and the next best thing was to build her a auto grass car.
I also specialise in aluminium welding and chassis design from one offs to specials.