Richard Patterson, the black car manufacturer building supercars with diversity

Stephen Nartey March 31, 2023
Richard Patterson. Photo credit: Trion SuperCars

The chief executive of Trion, Richard Patterson, is credited for shattering the glass ceiling in the contemporary car manufacturing market. Before moving into the manufacturing and designing of supercars, his claim to fame was designing the Model S from the idea stage as an engineer at Tesla.

He also designed the landing gear on the Boeing 777 and the folding seats system in the Dodge Minivan. The ingenuity behind his innovation once again came to play when he decided to build his supercar, Nemesis RR. He has brought diversity to the fore in the automotive industry and inspired culture dreamers.

When he left Tesla to pursue his dream to create a supercar that would compete with the world’s top supercars, he believed the disruptive way out was to incorporate his values of promoting ownership by the black community. Richard’s vision for Trion was to create a brand of supercars that would represent black empowerment and inspire people of all races and backgrounds to pursue their dreams.

Richard nurtured the idea of Trion SuperCars in 2012 while serving as the manufacturer’s chief designer and CEO. It was established to give people top-notch driving experiences they have never had before, according to ultranyc. The Nemesis was designed to be a world-class vehicle with a 2,000 horsepower engine and a top speed of 300 miles per hour.

It was also designed to showcase the unique features of African American culture, such as the car’s aerodynamic shape inspired by African masks. It has been programmed to outpace any tesla model ever built, and its aerodynamic design features place it in the league of the Lamborghini and Ferrari.

Patterson’s journey to becoming the first black manufacturer and designer of a supercar was not an easy one. He began working in the automotive industry at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, when he was 15, according to prweb. Today, he is among the only four automotive engineers in the world who can manufacture a vehicle from schematics to ready-for-the-market cars. This is a result of his experience, which spans over three decades – working for several automotive companies in America.

He was therefore undaunted when he faced many challenges along the way, including raising capital for the project and finding skilled workers who shared his vision to build a black-owned supercar. However, he persevered, and his hard work paid off with the launch of the Nemesis in 2020.

He describes the Nemesis as an enemy to any advanced automobile engine in the world. Patterson’s success with Trion has inspired many people, especially those from underrepresented communities, to pursue their dreams and make an impact in their industries. He hopes that Trion will continue to promote diversity and inspire a culture of dreamers for many years to come.

Last Edited by:Annie-Flora Mills Updated: March 31, 2023


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