Officially, as of today, the answer to our automotive prayers for the environmentally friendly supercar have been answered. 

That’s because 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. 

I’m interested in these cars because they are being built just a few miles away from where I live. Over the years I have watched this British company struggle to gain recognition and publicity. Meanwhile, there are massive subsidies for electric and hybrid technology. Nick Clegg has just launched a £500 million scheme for electric cars, which account for less than one per cent of sales. Give a fraction of that to Trident bosses Phil Bevan and Daniel Monaghan and we could get a real British-owned car industry that truly leads the world.

As it stands though, we have another clever British technology that could go the way of so many other great ideas. They are rightly concentrating at the high end of the market in order to make profits and pay for their investment. The tech wouldn’t work on a Ford Fiesta-sized shopper but certainly translates to a V8-engined supercar.