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American-made 270 mph+ Nemesis supercar to pack 2,000 hp


April 1, 2014

The Nemesis reminds us of the McLaren P1, especially when painted in orange

The Nemesis reminds us of the McLaren P1, especially when painted in orange

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Ultra-powerful, world-speed-record supercars are earning a lot of attention lately. Hot on the heels of Hennessey's 270.49-mph (435.31 km/h) speed record and Koenigsegg's 1-megawatt One:1, we have an all-new contender from a young American start-up. Trion Supercars' Nemesis is an angry, 2,000-hp beast that has its eyes on the world record territory north of 270 mph (435 km/h).

In 2012, Rich Patterson fulfilled his lifelong dream, leveraging nearly three decades in the automotive industry to found his own company, California-based Trion Supercars. Patterson's experience in cars began at the tender age of 15 when he won a contest for an apprenticeship at General Motors Fisher Body Group. He went on to build a career in the industry, working for notable names like Chrysler, Tesla and Fisker, with a focus on interior design.

Patterson's experience in interior design and space solutions shines through in the proposed design of the Nemesis supercar. The car looks as low and compact as any supercar out there, but Trion plans to make a car that can accommodate a 6-foot 4-in (2-m) driver comfortably, while carrying golf clubs or luggage in the trunk. It also says the cabin will capitalize on reduced volumes to increase spaciousness. An internet-connected infotainment display will connect the driver and the car to the wider world.

Of course, if you wanted a spacious, cozy car, you wouldn't be looking at a boutique supercar. The real story of the Nemesis is its 2,000-hp twin-turbo V8 engine, a massive, growling power plant that will send the car screeching to an estimated 270+ mph (435+ km/h) top speed after hitting 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 2.8 seconds. Trion also mentions offering hybrid and electric versions but doesn't provide further details.

Trion hasn't provided much other hard information about the Nemesis, but it does say that the car will feature an eight-speed sequential transmission; multiple driving modes, including a "predator mode" with modified height, suspension, exhaust and rev limits; and active aerodynamics. It will be constructed with a carbon fiber chassis and body with Inconel alloy mixed in.

Maybe it's just the orange color that Trion chose for the rendering up top, but the Nemesis reminds us of a rougher, less voluptuous McLaren P1. It has a similarly angry glare to its face and a mesh rear fascia surrounded by taillights. It's a good looking design as far as American supercars go, but we're not sure it will effectively meet Trion's goal of challenging "European dominance of the prestigious exotic supercar category."

Trion says that it plans a line of vehicles starting in the mid-range exotic market and working right up to the "very high end." Its initial renderings show a number of Nemesis trims, including the electric E and a GT.

The Trion Nemesis isn't the only 2,000-hp American supercar on the horizon. The TranStar Racing Dagger GT revealed several years ago is a Nemesis colleague that promises even more extreme (perhaps implausible) estimates, including a 315-mph (507 km/h) top speed and a 3,000-hp variant with a 0-60 mph time of under one second. The Nemesis may not sound quite that outrageous, but we're taking the same "believe it when we see it" approach for both. For now, it's just a couple pretty pictures.

Source: Trion Supercars via AutoBlog

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I think that is really cool. It has a really nice color.

I don't see this as being practical. All that horsepower not being used everyday. There are not that many streets that can handle that kind of speed.

I am one for doing more with less. The Nissan engine is three cyclinder but gets 400 HP.


A 2000 hp V8" Hmmm....I think it will go ZOOOMMM.....BOOOM. And of course soo many "super-cars" die between the page and the street

Arnold Stonehouse

the gas mileage would be what, about .1 mpg?


It's like meeting someone and having them tell you they are an aerospace engineer. believable enough, then they go on to tell you they were abducted by aliens because they were the only person in the galaxy to help. It causes you not just to doubt that claim but everything that came before it as well.

They think they can hit 315 MPH top speed in the same street legal car that goes from 0 to 60 in 1 second? That's nonsense.


"Practicality?" "Mileage?" "Streets?" "Everyday?"

You guys are clearly missing the point of supercars. They're not for practicality, they're for doing really unnecessary tasks like going extremely fast for the amusement of the buyer and presenting a worthy challenge for the engineer. Or simply one or the other.

If you're looking into whats above, then you're thinking of Prius, sedans, minivans, SUV's -- not actual supercars (unless you consider the 911, GT-R, and others that bridge this gap)

This is more the realm of the Bugatti, Koensegneg(???)neg, and Hennessy tuning, with one objective: speed.

Richard Auchus

Yawn. Another load of automotive bling with no purpose besides emphasizing the owner's vanity.


He's an interior automotive designer?! These designs look completely conceptual and absolutely fake. The form is just atrocious, there is no interior shots, and we see it hooked up to a electric plug? Why wasn't that discussed? Seriously, if you are going to find someones pet project and claim it as production my professor in college has a real jaw dropper you should check out.


Just more vapourware.... 'til it's real.

What good are pretty pictures if there's no substance to back it up?

Why not just say 0-100 in 1 second, Top Speed over 500mph and it does a 3.5 second E.T. in the Quarter Mile?

Oh,yeah.... and it gets 100mpg on tap water but it costs $1 Billion each.

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