More Fast Oil-Burners: The Trident Iceni Headed to Monaco on Single Tank of Biodiesel

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A slithery GT coupe powered by GM's 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel? What's next, a Navistar-powered TVR? A Cummins 610 Turbo Morgan? Not so fast — the Trident Iceni is for real. And with 375 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque, it can get up and go from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and top out at 170 mph. The company's taking orders on the six-figure sportster now. But before it does, it wants to prove the Iceni's fuel efficiency and eco-friendliness, so it's driving one of the cars from the UK to the Top Marques show in Monaco this week on a single tank of biodiesel. That's 900 miles on 26 gallons (and the filler will be sealed, so no clandestine fillups. Let's see a Duramax Silverado top that.

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[via Acurazine]

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Late to the commentary, but a thought nonetheless: lots of unobtainium around here. Reminds me of the William Gibson quote: "The future is here, it's just not uniformly distributed." The earliest of adopters can maybe get into the diesel performance car game, but the rest of us are still relegated to sufficing on fumes.

How hard can it be to stuff a medium sized turbodiesel into an Elise or a SKY/Solstice or Demon/Razor and get it into the market?

One might think what with all these high end diesel introductions (Audi R12, Mercedes-Benzes, this Trident, BMW 3 Series, etc.), the rest of the world is trying to shape American perceptions so we'll see diesels as very expensive, luxury propositions. More's the pity for those who know the real deal.

This Trident is beautiful.