The Campagna T-Rex is a high-performance reverse-tricycle with a pair of front wheels handling the steering, a 1400cc motorcycle drivetrain with a single drive wheel out back, and a two-seat passenger compartment in between. OptaMotive has partnered with Campagna Motors to bring high efficiency to the formula without losing any of the high performance. How do they plan to do it? By chucking the gasoline-fueled drivetrain and creating an all-electric T-Rex to compete for the Progressive Automotive X-Prize.
OptaMotive's code-name for the project is "Surge," but I think the "Grimlock" would be a much better name for an electric T-Rex. (Get it?)
Specs are extremely vague for now, but the electric T-Rex should be powered by lithium battery tech with an expected range of more than 100 miles. Weighing less than 2,000 pounds and making over 100 horsepower, OptaMotive is targeting a sub-10-second 0-60 time, all while maintaining the electric equivalent of 150 mpg. Those are pretty lofty goals, but--when you consider the T-Rex's bare-bones construction--also very achievable ones.
Check out the video below to see the gasoline T-Rex in action. Hopefully, its electric performance should be something like what we see here, albeit much, much more quiet.