What is it?
The oddly named Campagna T-rex is part bike, part car and wholly insane. It uses the engine and gearbox from a Kawasaki motorbike, and the six-speed sequential gearbox channels the 1.4-litre engine’s 187bhp through – get this – a single rear wheel. Oh, and the whole thing weighs well under half a tonne, or about half the weight of a Lotus Elise.
At least that rear wheel is a decent size, though, for while the front wheels are clothed in a pair of relatively diminutive 205/45 ZR16 tyres, the rear gets rather more chunky 285/40 ZR17 rubber. This gives the T-rex at least a fighting chance of getting its power down on a damp road surface.
What's it like?
Like nothing else you’re ever likely to experience. There are none of your conventional niceties such as a windscreen or even doors, but the overall impression is nevertheless that of being in a car.
The power delivery isn’t exactly car-like, however. The motorbike engine revs hyperactively all the way to 11,000rpm, with the bulk of the power not arriving until well north of 7000rpm.
If you haven’t gathered already, this is a seriously fast machine. And it’s not for the faint-hearted, either. Although the manic engine begs you to drive this car hard, doing so requires prudence.
Push the T-rex too hard on the exit of a damp bend, and the combination of the short wheelbase and a surfeit of power over traction means you’ll have to be quick and accurate with the opposite lock to avoid a spin.
Beware coming down through the sequential ’box, too: if you fail to match the revs to the engine speed, you’ll lock the rear wheel and could quickly find yourself pointing towards a nearby hedge instead of heading towards the apex of the corner.
Treat the T-rex with respect, however, and you’ll find that it corners fast and flat, and that you can blat between the corners with the verve of a superbike.
Should I buy one?
If you like motoring experiences raw, fast and ever-so-slightly scary, then yes. The T-rex is a genuinely thrilling machine, but it’s not without its flaws.