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T-Rex Three-wheeler Superbike Utilises Composite Technology

10 December 2004

The three-wheeled motorcycle T-rex combines fibre reinforced polymers with the latest developments in motorcycle design.

Despite being classified as a motorcycle, the radically styled T-Rex three-wheeler handles more like a sportscar with the help of huge, sophisticated rear suspension that significantly enhances road holding.

The chassis features a multi-tubular steel-roll cage for maximum protection and the glass-fibre reinforced plastic body contains a carbon-fibre windscreen and headrest. The driving position, the angle of the steering wheel and the suspension make this three-wheeler respond like a car while a wide front track and a balanced geometry give T-Rex drivers extraordinary control.

The compact design doesn't leave much room for luggage - but this is taken care of with an optional extra suitcase by the wheel designed by Giva Maxia in soft cover, chrome or carbon-fibre.

A distant relative of the Morgan automobile, the T-Rex exploits Japanese motorbike technology to create a 1200cc superbike engine that can go from 0-97 km/h in a lightning 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 225 km/h. The 28 litre fuel tank supplies a 1200 c, 4 cylinder engine that exploits Japanese superbike technology to give the T-Rex it's astounding acceleration. A six-speed close ratio gear box allows sequential change, with a purposely designed final drive housing the reverse gear and a torque damper in the rear wheel.

The first T-rex prototype was developed in 1994 by Campagna Corporation’s founder Daniel Campagna, former mechanic to the F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve. Campagna devoted more than eight years of his life creating the T-Rex, personally handcrafting the first vehicles.

T-Rex's are available for a suggested retail price of US$43,190 and can be ordered direct from the companies website.





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