Three-wheeler takes off like a chee­tah Rocket man

Driv­ers need F1 skills to tame the beast, writes Peter Lyon in Ja­pan

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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

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