Diesel engines can power for more than just tractor trailers or farm implements; they even have a place in performance vehicles. This may be an unlikely sounding combination but British sports-car brand Trident may be on to something.
The company’s Iceni model was revealed the other day. The firm claims it’s the fastest and most fuel-efficient compression-ignition sports car. How efficient? Well they say its top speed is in excess of 190 miles an hour and supposedly it can travel 2,000 miles on a single tank of fuel.
That’s all well and good, but they did not release efficiency information or what the capacity of the fuel tank is. If it carries 100 gallons of diesel its range isn’t that impressive.
Two other models were also introduced. Trident revealed the Iceni Magna, which features a fastback body as well as the Iceni Venturer, a station wagon. These cars should feature the same (ostensibly) impressive specs as the sports car.
Delivering on those claims the company has supposedly patented a new way of multiplying torque. The technology, which they did not explain, also boosts fuel efficiency by a claimed 20 percent. Can you say black magic?
The engine is a 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 that delivers 395 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. It sounds like GM’s Duramax powerplant to us, the one used in their heavy-duty trucks. With different tuning this unit can deliver a claimed 660 ponies and a massive 1,050 units of twist. In standard form it should be able to move the Iceni sports car from a standstill to 60 miles an hour in just 3.7 seconds.