The Phantom Menace Hypercar
Santa Ana-based Trion SuperCars titillates with promises of a new hypercar
In the race for supremacy among hypercars – essentially the top 1 percent of supercars boasting million-dollar-plus price tags and 1,000-plus horsepower figures – there’s an intriguing new dark horse from right here in the county of Orange.
Actually, make that 2,000 dark horses – if this hypercar hype is to be believed.
That’s the claimed top output of the forthcoming Nemesis, an all-American hypercar from Santa Ana-based startup Trion SuperCars. Now, it’s not unusual for titillating renderings of proposed supercars from unknown boutique companies promising audacious performance to make the Internet rounds before disappearing back into the ether from whence they came. Consider it the automotive equivalent of vaporware, those widely advertised tech products that are never actually produced.
That may very well be the fate of the Nemesis – but not without a few honest steps toward realization.
Trion announced its plans for hypercar world domination last spring with – yep, you guessed it – some titillating renderings and audacious performance claims. In this case, it was a twin-turbo V-8 making 2,000 horsepower, thereby propelling the proposed Nemesis hypercar from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds on the way to a top speed in excess of 270 mph.
The credibility of these claims appeared to be based largely on the credentials of the company’s CEO, Rich Patterson. An auto design and engineering journeyman, he reportedly got his start as an apprentice at General Motors at age 15 while still in high school. More recently, he contributed interior engineering efforts to Fisker and Tesla – where, perhaps, he also caught some startup fever.
This summer, Trion unveiled a full-scale model of the Nemesis at a private event for supercar owners at the Resort at Pelican Hill. There, set against the backdrop of the award-winning golf course and Newport Coast sunset sat a low-slung Nemesis dressed in “venom orange” paint. It resembled, at least from some angles, one of its would-be competitors: the mighty $1.15 million, 903-horsepower McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar. Also on display was a model of its 9.0-liter V-8 engine.
Trion has also released more technical details and pricing for the two Nemesis trim levels. The range-topping Nemesis RR will be powered by the company’s 9.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 capable of sending 2,000 horsepower to all four wheels via an eight-speed sequential transmission. The company plans to limit production to 50 units. An additional nine “Black Ops” editions will be offered, featuring a “Predator” mode that engages a variety of performance driving settings. Those not scared away by the menacing nomenclature might wince at the price: $1.6 million for the base RR and $1.98 million for the Black Ops.
Trion’s slightly more modest offering, the rear-wheel-drive Nemesis GT, checks in with a claimed 1,400 horsepower, top speed of 218 mph, and a zero-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds. Limited to 100 units with a price of $1.2 million, the GT would also appear to guarantee exclusivity.
While the automotive world waits to see if the Trion becomes a reality, you can indulge your hypercar fantasies using the company’s online configurator. Might we suggest liquid black exterior for this particular dark horse?
Trion SuperCars, 1308 E. Pomona, Santa Ana, 855.233.2224 :: trionsupercars.com
Department of the Interior
Among the potential selling points of the Trion Nemesis hypercar is its attention to interior space. The company promises its cars will comfortably accommodate 7-footers – and their golf clubs. Attention pro basketball players who enjoy hitting the links in the offseason!