The price of petrol may be skyrocketing as fossil fuel reserves deplete, but in a country where the pupulation's favourite dish is routinely identified as being fish and chips, a sports car that can drive from Lands End to John O Groats and back again on a tank full of cooking oil may actually be a sound investment.
British sportscar manufacturer Trident has today revealed a vehicle that can do just that. The Trident Iceni is claimed to be the world's fastest and most efficient diesel sports car, running for 2,000 miles on a single tank of mineral or bio-diesel. That, in layman's terms, is used cooking oil, otherwise known as "UCO", with the car also running off virgin rapeseed, linseed, palm, soya bean oil, kerosene and paraffin.
Equipped with a 6.6ltr Turbo Diesel V8 engine, the Iceni uses "unique torque multiplication technology" to achieve its impressive fuel efficiency, with the company looking to dispel the myth of horsepower being the most important factor in power, speed and fuel efficiency. Reaching top speeds of 190mph (0-60mph in 3.7 seconds) Trident's patented torque system allows its vehicle to achieve fuel efficiency up to 20 per cent greater than that of comparable cars in its class.
Prices start at £96,000, with Iceni Magna (fastback) and Iceni Venturer (estate) builds also available. £96k isn't chump change, but eat enough chips out of that deep-fat frier of yours and your lardy arse will be rolling in the savings from petrol costs.