Turbo Hayabusa T-Rex - Part 1
My friend's Campagna T-rex with a turbocharged Hayabusa engine. This monster puts
down roughly 280 horsepower to the 315 series
tire in the back. It is probably the fastest T-Rex out there, considering
it hits 110 in 1st gear and spins tire at 130 mph. And if you're wondering
why it needs pushed by hand to back up, it's because bike motors don't have
reverse gears haha. We were doing some test runs trying to fix slight
idle/stalling out problem. More videos of this thing to come! Thanks for
Campagna T-Rex 14RR--D&M Motorsports Video Review and Test Drive
A wild ride in the Campagna T-Rex 14RR from D&M Motorsports. Hosted by
The oddly named Campagna T-rex is part bike, part car and wholly insane. It
uses the engine and gearbox from a Kawasaki motorbike, and the six-speed
sequential gearbox channels the 1.4-litre engine's 187bhp through -- get
this -- a single rear wheel. Oh, and the whole thing weighs well under half
a tonne, or about half the weight of a Lotus Elise.
At least that rear wheel is a decent size, though, for while the front
wheels are clothed in a pair of relatively diminutive 205/45 ZR16 tyres,
the rear gets rather more chunky 285/40 ZR17 rubber. This gives the T-rex
at least a fighting chance of getting its power down on a damp road
What's it like?
Like nothing else you're ever likely to experience. There are none of your
conventional niceties such as a windscreen or even doors, but the overall
impression is nevertheless that of being in a car.
The power delivery isn't exactly car-like, however. The motorbike engine
revs hyperactively all the way to 11,000rpm, with the bulk of the power not
arriving until well north of 7000rpm.
If you haven't gathered already, this is a seriously fast machine. And it's
not for the faint-hearted, either. Although the manic engine begs you to
drive this car hard, doing so requires prudence.
Push the T-rex too hard on the exit of a damp bend, and the combination of
the short wheelbase and a surfeit of power over traction means you'll have
to be quick and accurate with the opposite lock to avoid a spin.
Beware coming down through the sequential 'box, too: if you fail to match
the revs to the engine speed, you'll lock the rear wheel and could quickly
find yourself pointing towards a nearby hedge instead of heading towards
the apex of the corner.
Treat the T-rex with respect, however, and you'll find that it corners fast
and flat, and that you can blat between the corners with the verve of a
Should I buy one?
If you like motoring experiences raw, fast and ever-so-slightly scary, then
yes. The T-rex is a genuinely thrilling machine, but it's not without its
The little air deflector does an excellent job of keeping the wind out of
your face, but it hampers forward visibility. Also, despite the fact that
the car is clearly aimed at the track day market, I couldn't fit in with a
helmet on without banging it on the rollover bar.
You might recall the early days of the T-Rex's existence—perhaps during
its few rap-music video appearances in the 1990s—but since Canadian
company Campagna Motors acquired the rights to manufacture it as of
September 2008, the T-Rex 1400R looks to hit the street scene again with
new improvements and intentions.
The 1400 in the T-Rex name, as one would correctly assume, follows the
usual motorcycle nomenclature and is indicative of the engine's
displacement in cubic centimeters. The 1.4-liter inline-4 is borrowed from
a Kawasaki ZX-14 Supersport bike, as is much of the hardware including its
sequential gearbox, gauges and ancillary controls. Don't let the diminutive
size of this naturally aspirated engine fool you, it cranks out an
impressive 197 bhp and 114 lb.-ft. of torque as it screams towards an
exospheric redline at 11,500 rpm. The engine's peak torque occurs at 7500
rpm, which delivers a mid-range power punch much like a 2-stroke, but with
far greater driveability. The engine is mounted mid-ship between the main
body and rear swing arm, favoring weight balance to the front by 6 percent.
The purpose built tube-chassis is covered with a fiberglass body that
incorporates a roof with an integrated ram-air intake scoop, side ducting
to a central radiator and, of course, the T-Rex's somewhat prehistoric-era
Ingress/egress is not for the impatient or non-athletic, meaning if you
have issues getting into a Lotus Elise, you probably won't be too fond of
this thing either. It's best to remove the steering wheel first (as in an
open-wheel car) which releases from its hub via an NRG twist-lock
connector. The seats and pedal cluster have slide bars with lock pins that
make them manually adjustable, but will require you to hop in and out a few
times to get them exactly right.
Once you're situated and strapped in with the traditional 3-point belt, the
engine is brought to life as it would be in a motorcycle—turn the key,
flip the ignition switch and push the starter. Start up is surprisingly
mellow and neighborhood friendly, as the dual-can Exhausts actually do what they're supposed to.
The driving controls are primarily car, meaning there's three pedals, a
gear shift, a steering wheel linked to a non-assisted rack and pinion and
no need for prior motorcycle experience (or a license for that matter) to
operate it. Lane-change signals and horn control is retained on the
motorcycle stalks while reverse is the only real oddity, handled with a
lever beside your left thigh that mechanically switches the direction the
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Campagna Motors builds its line of three-wheelers by hand in Montreal,
Quebec (what is it about Quebec and three-wheelers; there's the Can-Am
Spyder, too). The chassis of the T-Rex is constructed from 1.5-inch tubular
steel and then covered in fiberglass body panels. This three-wheeler
utilizes a double-wishbone suspension at each front wheel and a traditional
motorcycle-style swingarm in the rear. Mounted behind the driver and
passenger is a 197-hp, 1,352cc inline-4 engine and six-speed sequential
manual transmission lifted from the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 - one of the
quickest and most powerful motorcycles made today.