T-Rex. A 3-Wheel Race Car.

Kudos must be given to any motorcycle company creating a niche market and being successful at marketing its products. Campagna Motors is a young Canadian company that designs, manufactures and distributes unique “race car type” 3-wheel vehicles combining performance, fun & style.  I promise that if you are a sports car fan you are going to love the T-Rex model whose performances often surpass those of supercars costing several times its price.  It’s powered by in inline liquid cooled Kawasaki 4-cylinder 1400 cc producing over 200 hp sitting in a sophisticated heavy duty 1 ½” tube frame tig welded by Rolling Thunder Frames. Feeling more like a race-car on 3 wheels than a trike, the T-Rex is street legal in the US and Canada and sold all over the world with strong foreign sales in Australia & Japan. A luxury toy for speed crazy men who don’t feel or don’t care about the state of the economy.


10 Responses to “T-Rex. A 3-Wheel Race Car.”

  1. 1 Fred Nov 26th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I thought I saw one of these at a local bike -car show in Arizona. I was surprised to find out it was not a T-Rex. This company in Arizona has a different bodystyle and converts various engines into their lineup. They use a Hayabusa , honda, v-twin, engines and have a cobalt supercharged engine (claimed 250HP)for these things.
    Of course I asked them the price on these, knowing that the T-rex is not a cheap expense. They just came back from the S.E.M.A. show in Vegas and were selling them in kit form at 19k up to 40k for a turn key, customer optioned model.
    What I liked about it was the aggressive styling, option packages, and a model that will be fully enclosed, ( with gull wing type doors. I think I’d like the feeling of something next to me, instead of open space. It was called a Venom.

  2. 2 BadMonkeyMW Nov 26th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Last I checked, this company went out of business a while back. I’ve got a customer that has one of these things and he told me they were done. I’ve done some work on his and driven it though, and it is badass!!

  3. 3 Cyril Huze Nov 26th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    BadMonkey. The Campagna Motors company mentioned in my post bought out the former one.

  4. 4 BadMonkeyMW Nov 27th, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Gotcha. That makes more sense. Good to hear as well, because those things are impressive. My customer’s has the ZX-14 engine in it and he’s personally had it up to 160! When I test drove it after servicing it, people were following me on the interstate taking pics with their camera phones. Craziness.

  5. 5 rodent Nov 27th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Rather have a Can-Am Spyder

  6. 6 Jim Gianatsis Dec 1st, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Cute, Fun. But the T-Rex and similar 3 wheelers are / will remain just novelty vehicles…
    The T-Rex:
    • It can’t compete performance wise with a similar engine in a 2-wheeled sportbike because the chassis is twice as heavy.
    • It can’t compete performance wise with a similar power/weight lightweight 4-wheeler like a Lotus 7 / Chaterham because it can’t hook up or corner as well with just one rear wheel, as compared 2 drive wheels in back on a car..

    As for the Can-Am Spyder which is a sit up, motorcycle style 3-wheeler:
    • The direct handlebar steering of 2 front car wheels is too heavy without a car type rack and pinion gear ratio to make turning easy (imaging the gyroscopic force of turning 2 heavy spinning car wheels with no leverage).
    • But the big drawback on the Can-Am is the rider/driver sitting straight up like on a bike, but no leaning in corners, having to fighting the G-force in cornering by hanging onto the handlebars to not get pitched off, all while tracking a line in a corner and controling the throttle. You are only comfortable /safe cornering the Can-Am up to about 0.50 G. Any production sportbike or sports car can blow by you in a corner at 1.0 G – twice the speed.
    • And if you flipped the thing in a corner it probably would kill you.

    For comparrison…
    • My 2-wheel Ducati 1098R at 370 lb / 190hp does 9.5 sec 1/4 mile and tops out at 200 mph.
    • My 4-wheel Corvette Z06 modified at 3,000 lb / 640 hp does 10.5 sec 1/4 mile and tops out a 240 mph.

    3 wheelers are cute toys to attraction attention from people who don’t know any better better. Cheers.

  7. 7 Games Car Dec 6th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    What Kinda of Car do you drive?

  8. 8 Jim Gianatsis Dec 6th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    • Corvette C6 Z06 track day modified at 3,000 lb / 640 hp does 10.5 sec 1/4 mile and tops out a 240 mph (my street legal track car)
    • BMW M3 E46 modifed with H&R Adjustable coil overs, BBS wide race wheels/tires, Brembo brakes, Dinan engine mods (my GT car for trips)_
    • Mini Cooper S, H&R coil overs, Millteck headers and exhaustt, Dinan softaware and cold air box, 17% smaller supercharger pully for 240hp, Brembo brakes (my in-town car and canyon carver).

  9. 9 Claude Dec 24th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Jim’s remarks are very important if you plan to race these professionally. i would advise taking them very much to heart.
    By the way, what racing class mixes 3 wheelers with race cars and motorcycles at the same time?
    For the real world, a 3 wheeler offers much of the fun and agility of a motorcycle with the stability and practicality of a car. There are very few bikes, after all, that can make a run out to get 5 bags of groceries on an icy day. The 3 wheeler won’t directly replace either a Corvette or a Hayabusa, but it does have its own mix of capabilities that make it an excellent vehicle.
    Unless you only plan to use it like Jim says, in which case the Corvete and Hayabusas would also just be cute toys. I use my bikes like serious machines and could use a trike.

  10. 10 pillowpants6969 Feb 25th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    were do you purchase one of these and how much$

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