T-Rex Motor Car

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Published 14 May 2007
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This low-slung, teardrop-shaped vehicle doesn't look a lot like a motorcycle with its three tires, two seat...
This low-slung, teardrop-shaped vehicle doesn't look a lot like a motorcycle with its three tires, two seats, and steering wheel, but there isn't quite enough there to classify it as a car, either. It is propelled by a ZZR 1200 Kawasaki motorcycle engine, and it is built with high speeds and high stability in mind.
It offers only 155 horsepower, which doesn't sound like a lot for a performance vehicle, but remember that this thing is tiny. It weighs in at only 900 pounds dry, which means that filling the gas tank and seating two average men increases the overall vehicle weight by almost 50%. Power is delivered to the extra-wide rear tire through a six-speed transmission, pushing the car from zero to sixty miles per hour in about four seconds. The transmission is a sequential-type straight out of a motorcycle, which means that the driver steps through the six gears with simple shift-up and shift-down options.
But one could argue that the T-Rex is a motorcycle at heart, sharing many of the benefits (fun!) and drawbacks (danger!) of that type of transport. The seatbelts and rollcage are certainly more safe than a motorbike, and the vehicle is much more visible than its two-wheeled cousins. In many ways, it really is a compromise between performance motorcycling and automobiling.
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