By Deane Barker on July 3, 2004
T-Rex: I saw one of these driving around The Empire Mall here in Sioux Falls. I about snapped my neck trying to get a better look at it. I would have chased after it with the minivan, except my wife was in exchanging some clothes.
It looks like a kit, with the backend of a motorcycle and a custom front-end. However, their Web site says that they don’t sell them as kits, only as finished units. They’re made by Campagna out of Quebec.
The driving position, the angle of the steering wheel and the suspension make this three-wheeler respond like a car. Its huge and sophisticated rear suspension allows the vehicle to hug the road,They’re unbelievable to look at — it left a trail of gawkers in its wake. It didn’t help that it was radioactive yellow.
Tremendous structural solidity, a wide front track and a balanced geometry give T-Rex drivers extraordinary control.
Here are some performance specs: 0-6 in 3.9 seconds. Up there with a Posche 911 Turbo S. It will pull 1.98Gs in turns. Ouch. See this page at a Florida dealer for a lot more specific information and pictures. (More pictures here as well, though the page itself leaves a bit to be desired.)
Here’s the bad part: $39,000. Given that you could pick up a new Corvette in the low 40s, that’s tough to jusitfy. Even tougher when you find out the warranty is just 12 months.
(I did, however, appreciate that the T-Rex has a “tall person kit” as an option for riders over 6’4”. Me and Shaq appreciate that.)