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The T-Rex Is a Very Weird Vehicle You Can Actually Purchase

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

The other day, I'm sitting around the house, reading the dictionary, when I hear a ruckus outside. So, I look out the window, and there are 20 T-Rexes going down the street. I'm not exaggerating. Twenty T-Rexes. It was the biggest T-Rex event on American soil since Jeff Goldblum stole a baby T-Rex and its mother destroyed a Blockbuster.

Of course, 20 different dinosaur T-Rexes did not go by my house, because dinosaurs are extinct and have been since the late 1940s. Instead, what passed me was 20 different T-Rex vehicles.

Behold, the Campagna T-Rex, a 2-seat, motorcycle-powered open vehicle driven by people who probably consider a Lotus Elise to be soft. The T-Rex has three wheels. It's loud. It's almost always painted in bright colors. It's been in production for 20 years. And it was designed by a former Formula 1 technical team member.

Here's the situation with the T-Rex: It was designed in the 1980s by Daniel Campagna, who worked on Gilles Villeneuve's Formula 1 team, and it went into production in 1996 in Quebec. Although the company's changed ownership and factories, the vehicle has remained relatively similar ever since, with three wheels, two seats, an open cabin and styling that resembles practically nothing else on the road. Here in Pennsylvania, as in most states, a T-Rex gets a motorcycle license plate.

Although specific engines and drivetrains have probably changed over the years, today's T-Rex offers 160 horsepower and weighs less than 1,200 pounds, which results in a 0-to-60 time of 3.9 seconds. The T-Rex website lists base pricing at $57,999 Canadian, which currently translates to roughly $44,000 U.S.

If you buy a T-Rex, you're purchasing driving pleasure, enjoyment and excitement. I suspect you're also buying a lifetime of "What's that?" comments from strangers. Oh, and one more thing: If you pass my house, please keep quiet. I'm trying to read, and I'm getting to the good parts. The middle of the "G" section.

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