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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An awesome 3-wheeled vehicle, the T-Rex. Built by T-Rex Vehicles Inc out
of Canada. Street legal 50 US states.
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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.
EVS 23: Big Kid Toys
I met EJ Wessel, owner of Big Kid Toys in Napa, Calif., at the LA Auto
Show, but sadly, I wasn't able to go for a ride in his T-Rex then. So when
we met at EVS 23, the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Anaheim, Calif., I was
all game for for a test ride. The electric version was on the show room
floor and getting primed for its appearance in an MTV special, so I had to
forgo that experience, but a ride on the gasoline version was just as fun.
0-60 in under 4 seconds...definately a gas!