By Peter Russell

British sports car maker Trident’s diesel-powered Iceni continues to make waves. Available in coupe, convertible or estate forms, Trident claims the Iceni is the fastest, most fuel-efficient sports car available. Power comes from a 6.6-litre V8 turbo diesel engine, producing 424bhp and 950lb/ft of torque.

That’s enough for a 0-60mph sprint in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 190mph. Which is impressive enough. However, Trident also claims that by using torque multiplication technology, the Iceni can go a scarcely believable 3218 km on a single tank of fuel.

Allied to handling honed in racing and a price tag of $158,493, the Trident Iceni could be an attractive package for the well-heeled.

Regarding road-legal, driveable and desirable cars, the 300kmh British-built Trident Iceni is absolutely the fastest diesel on the market. It holds the title thanks to a brand-new type of fuel injector.

“Around 2000 I had this idea which I call torque multiplication,” says engineer Phil Bevan. “If I could fit a diesel engine with piezo-injectors, I could adjust the air-fuel ratio per cylinder, per revolution and reinvent what diesels can do."

Underneath the classic curves of Iceni lies a 6.6-litre diesel V8 producing 397 horsepower. Bevan’s new torque multiplication system enables greater performance from the same amount of fuel.
“We knew there was a lot to be released in diesel,” he says. “At 112kms, our cars are only doing 980rpm. At such a slow engine speed, they don’t burn much fuel but produce a minimum of 700lb-ft of torque. Torque multiplication enabled us to obtain the best power from the diesel engine.

We’re reassessing in what direction diesel engines should go."

The fastback design features a stout rear end that curves into a sleek and clean front section. The high belt line of the sports coupe gives it that muscular look, while the headlights are straight out of yesteryear’s car fashion. It’s an eclectic mix of old-school and modern design cues, and it works.

Australian buyers are apparently able to buy the car. “As each car is made to a custom spec, they can be shipped anywhere in the world,” a company spokeswoman said.

Engine:     6.6ltr Turbo Diesel V8
Gearbox:     6 Speed fully automatic
Brakes:     Alcon 400mm steel vented discs at the front and 380mm steel vented discs at the rear, both with 6 pot Alcon callipers
Shock absorbers:     Pro Flex fixed damper fast road shocks with Eibach springs
Power Performance:     395bhp with 700lbs ft of Torque. 0-60mph 3.7sec, Top Speed: over 190mph
Interior:     Tilt and Slide steering column, PAS, Air con, Electric windows. Konig K5000 G4 seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara.
Entertainment:     CD/DAB Receiver with MP3 and Bluetooth.
Safety:      ABS, TC, Driver & Passenger Airbags.

 

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