Campagna T-Rex--D&M Motorsports Video Test Drive and Review 2012 Chris Moran
Another amazing T-Rex from D&M Motorsports. Presented by Chris Moran.
"What is that thing?!" is the most common question you'll get when tearing
around town in a T-Rex 1400R. And after spending a solid week in and out of
this $52,000 3-wheeled crossbreed, I've come to the conclusion that it is
one part car, one part bike, and the answer to your innermost desire for
something wildly unconventional.
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
On the road, you sit eye-to-bumper with most cars, which is good for
stability, but presents a challenge for visibility (a whiptail might make
for a nice add-on). At 1130 lb. (fully fueled), the T-Rex has a
power-to-weight ratio that provides a rate of acceleration that virtually
stops time. This is your single greatest defense against becoming a sitting
duck in a sea of treacherous traffic that will either be oblivious to your
existence or gravitate uncomfortably close for a better look. The tiny
motorcycle side mirrors provide some form of rear view while the
roof-mounted mirror provides an excellent view of the ram-air intake tubes.
This makes lane changes a precarious affair, and those last-minutes checks
for Johnny Law on the open highway are somewhat difficult. When not
subjected to the crowded highways, the T-Rex is about as close as you can
come to the therapeutic, open-air experience of a motorcycle—less any
talent required for balancing on two wheels.
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$10,000 Car - AirPod - That Runs On Air
An amazing affordable auto that runs on air!
AIRPod is the culmination of MDI studies on pollution and urban mobility.
This concept will be the first to leave the production line in spring 2009.
MDI will respond to an invitation to tender of the city of Paris,
"Autolib'", and is already the subject of applications for various
With small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, fun and futuristic design,
AIRPod mark a turning point in the range of urban vehicles while renewing
the idea of the automobile and transportation. You can drive with a
joystick, it only costs one euro per 200 km and leaves no one indifferent
in crept in traffic.
It is a real breath of fresh air in our cities and the prelude to travel
without pollution. Its small size make it easy to park, keeping still a
large internal volume. AIRPod help us to forget the price of petrol.
AIRPod is part of the MDI production licence of "less than 500kg vehicles",
and is manufactured in the same factories as OneFlowAir, following the
original production concept proposed by MDI.
The standard version is designed for the transport of persons. It has four
seats (3 adults and one child) and has space for luggage. It is dedicated
to multiple uses as in the private and public sectors. Airports, train
stations and municipalities also need a cheap, non-polluting car with high
This wehicle is changing our urban life in the city center in freeing
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This carriage version with a single place has a load volume greater than
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Unknown Choppers- Frantom-E and Frantom-R enclosed motorcycle concepts.
Unknown Choppers, Inc. is proud to introduce their "Frantom-E" and
"Frantom-R" enclosed motorcycle and enclosed motorcycle trike concept
The Frantom-E is the two wheel version and the Frantom-R is the trike
version. Unknown Choppers' vision for an aggressive looking and sounding
enclosed motorcycle will provide a driving experience like no other!
Frantom-E and Frantom-R Concept Technology
"Our Frantom-E and Frantom-R concepts blur the line between a motorcycle
and a car by offering technology not offered on a traditional motorcycle,"
said Ronnie Frantom, vice president, Unknown Choppers. "Features like a
full roll cage and seat belt, touch screen radio and GPS navigation, and a
rear view camera and screen."
Frantom-E and Frantom-R Concept Exterior
Unknown Choppers started by changing the configuration of the motorcycle.
By placing the motor behind the rider instead of under it allows the rider
to sit lower and lowers the center of gravity. The first proto-types are
planned to feature a loud, high horse power American V-Twin motor. There is
a scoop on top of the cab that drives air over the motor for cooling. "With
how modern the design is most expect it to be quiet, but this is what an
enclosed motorcycle looks and sounds like when it's designed by a chopper
shop," said Eddie Frantom, president, Unknown Choppers. Unknown Choppers
isn't limiting the motor selection though and has plans for other models
that will utilize other motors and styling options.
Frantom-E and Frantom-R Concept Interior
The interior will feel like sitting in a dragster more than anything else,
but a lot more comfortable. The steering is a cross between a steering
wheel and motorcycle handle bars with the throttle on the bars. The doors
open on each side suicide style, but rather than opening outward parallel
to the ground, they open upward 90 degrees.
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118 observed, 130 estimated.