Phil is one of those rare British engineers that just invents and builds remarkable things. His work spans many years and he currently owns and Manufactures Trident cars, he makes bespoke motorbikes and has a number of other game changing projects in play. He has developed remarkable technologies to increase crop production and reduce malaria [the world’s biggest killer] Phil’s energy seems boundless.
Here’s a bit about his cars
The Trident Iceni, Magna and Ventura models not only run on vegetable oil but will also do close to 200mph, and get to 60mph in just under 4.0 seconds. We can laugh as we tell the greenies that our supercar isn’t greedy either and will sip biodiesel at over 60mpg and cover a claimed 2000 miles on a tankful. Not only that, the bodywork and chassis will last a lifetime, possibly more and there is a 100,000-mile engine service interval.
The key to building the fastest diesel car is the eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is located in the rear of the car. Designed by Bevan and built in America, he explained several years ago to me how it works: “We are using the cogs in the gearbox in a different way. The gear change severity is based on a cruise mode, which means there are seamless changes. When we go racing there are manual paddle shifts, but on a day-to-day basis that would be tiring, so it is better to be fully automatic.”
This enables the car to make full use of its huge torque by keeping the engine operating within its peak performance band. Computer calculations have been made suggesting a top speed of 230mph, 0-60mph in under four seconds and at 56mph, fuel consumption in excess of 50mpg. The car you buy though will be a bit slower (190mph) and rather more frugal.