Trident Iceni Magna
Trident Sports Cars Ltd., a boutique British automaker founded by Phil Bevan in 2005, has created the first eco-friendly supercar. Let’s say that again… an eco-friendly supercar. That statement is a paradox if there ever was one. Over the last 20 years we’ve grown accustomed to supercar companies announcing that their offering achieves 7 to 9 mpg city and proclaim it a monumental success when they break double digits and obtain 11 mpg. Well, strap yourself into your seat; because the following data will blow you away… the Trident Iceni delivers a mind boggling 58 mpg!
The Iceni line will consist of three body styles, a fastback (Magna), convertible and an estate (Venturer). Each chassis is made from 4003 grade stainless steel (Typical applications for 4003 grade are railroad carriages, bus frames and containers) which provides superior impact toughness & rigidity when compared to that of carbon steels and is guaranteed against corrosion for 100 years. The body is constructed from carbon & composite materials, neither of which will rust nor degrade.
The focus of this article will be the Magna fastback. The Magna evokes design cues from the Chevrolet Cheetah as well as 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, but that’s where the similarity stops. The Magna is powered by a 6.6L Duramax V8 Turbo Diesel; the same engine found in the Silverado 2500, but the Trident version is tuned (Track Performance Pack option, including a performance intercooler and a larger high flow performance turbo charger) to produce 660 hp and enough torque (1,050 lb-ft) to stop the rotation of the Earth. The front engined, rear wheel drive car has a curb weight of 3,263 lbs (1 hp is responsible to move 4.94 lbs), which is enough motivation to propel the sleek coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds while topping out at an impressive 202 mph.
The entire Iceni line utilizes an 8 speed automatic transmission and drive line “Torque Multiplication System” developed by Trident in 2009. According to Trident, by properly utilizing the car’s torque numbers to “multiply” its effectiveness improves the car’s performance and efficiency by up 20 percent. It’s a technology that Trident has patented, so it certainly has enough faith in what it’s created to take the time to secure the intellectual rights to it. One of the most interesting aspects of the system is that at 70 mph, the Iceni is turning only 980 rpm’s.
I opened the article by stating that the Iceni line was the first eco-friendly supercar. But before I delve into an explanation of the car’s eco-friendliness, ponder this for a moment… the Iceni offers the performance of a Ferrari 458 and three times the range of a Toyota Prius.
All three Iceni models have a maximum range of 2,000 miles on a single tank of standard diesel, mineral or bio-diesel fuel. Bio-diesel is produced from renewable resources, including plant biomass, vegetable oils and treated industrial waste. Bio-fuels are considered neutral with respect to the emission of carbon dioxide because the carbon dioxide given off by burning them is balanced by the carbon dioxide absorbed by the plants that are grown to produce them. Bio-diesel is an advanced bio-fuel made from readily available, renewable resources; is domestic, sustainable, and a cleaner burning, diesel fuel replacement that meets strict quality specifications. The entire Iceni line can also operate on Paraffin and Kerosene. The different fuels are controlled by the in-car diagnostic / computer management systems that can sense and adjust to the various ratios of different types of bio-diesel.
The company is presently taking orders for their supercar line which is estimated to cost $210,000 in the States, however actual delivery dates are unknown at this point.