Trident Iceni Grand Tourer - Too Good to Be True?
We recently got wind of the a new British two-seater that will be unveiled at the prestigious Salon Privé in London. It's from a company called Trident, and this little beauty is called the Trident Iceni Grand Tourer. Will the sultry styling and, frankly, unbelievable performance figures mark a new force in British roadsters? Now you may not have ever heard of Trident, but they've been around since the 1960's in British sports car manufacturing. Their first efforts were co-creating a car with storied British marque TVR. Using a TVR chassis, Italian built coachwork, and a Ford 4.7L V8, they put together their first prototype called the Clipper convertible. [caption id="attachment_12320" align="aligncenter" width="593" caption="'67 TVR Trident Roadster (Clipper) - What could have been."]
Nothing much came of that car, or the company as its ownership proceeded to change hands faster than the evil Mr. Han during his fight with Bruce Lee at the end of Enter the Dragon. Until now that is. Witness the possible rebirth of Trident.
At the very least, the Trident Iceni GT is a very eye-catching roadster with some unique style. However, when you get into the mechanical bits you realize the styling is one of the least unique features of this sporting car.
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Trident has decided to employ a philosophy of building a lightweight roadster and shoehorning in a work truck turbo-diesel engine for power and efficiency. The 6.6L (possibly Duramax) engine produces 430 hp and...gulp...950 lb-ft of torque. That crazy amount of torque helps the Iceni get to 60 mph in under four seconds and might carry it all the way to 200 mph. Serious stuff.
Trident is even rumored to be offering a power boost to get you another 230 hp and quadruple digit torque figures. They claim to be using some sort of Torque Multiplier technology, which might just be code for just having a huge, turbocharged diesel engine up front.
When it comes to fuel efficiency, things get even more unusual. Projected fuel economy is supposed to be close to 70 mpg (on the European cycle) giving the Trident Iceni a total range of 2000 miles. They say the secret is low gearing that lets the engine run sub-1,000 rpm at highway speeds, yet still crank out 700 lb-ft of torque.
First off, why would you even want a total range that high in a sporting car? Secondly, if you do some basic calculations, it would seem you need a fuel tank that holds about 28.5 gallons (imperial) to have that kind of range. That much fuel would weigh around 285 pounds, a huge amount of weight to be carrying around, especially in a two-seat roadster. It's like having two extra people tied-up in the trunk...maybe I've said too much.
Regardless of the questionable figures, the real deal car will be shown to the public in early September and looks to be on sale for just shy of $120K USD. Better get in line if you want one though. History has proven that Trident sports cars come in small number...or not at all.