Three-wheeler takes off like a cheetah Rocket man
Drivers need F1 skills to tame the beast, writes Peter Lyon in Japan
Montreal. The tubular steel chassis is covered by fibreglass body panels.
Mounted behind the driver is a 1.3-litre inline four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission, transferred directly from a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14.
The three-wheeler has a double-wishbone suspension at the front and a traditional bikestyle swingarm at the rear.
There is nothing subtle about the T-Rex. It is a raw thrill and can snap on you if pushed too hard.
The 14R will spin to 11,000 revs but for the first half-hour I was quite happy to just hover around 5000 revs as any more feels like tempting fate.
Piloting the T-Rex is like learning to drive all over again. With each successive corner, you find yourself progressively pushing harder, coming to terms with the prodigious feedback through the steering and seeking the limits.
That’s until you realise that you won’t get anywhere near its limits, at least not on a public road.
Just once I held 6000 revs in first gear and launched.
The T-Rex took off like a cheetah in hunt mode and, after only one gear change, I had cleared 100km/h.
This Campagna three-wheeler is seriously quick, in any gear and especially when above 5000 revs. And it’s seriously edgy too, especially in first and second.
There is a very fine line between grip and grief, and only by careful experimentation can