TG Speed Week: The Skeleton Crew
Radical SR3 SL. BAC Mono. Caterham SP/300.R. Morgan 3Wheeler. Time to clear the track...
Posted: 23 Aug 2012
There's none of your sequential nonsense here. The 3 borrows a five-speed manual from a Mazda MX-5, which drives the single rear wheel via a toothed carbon belt. It revs with the lazy grunt of a Harley and sounds like a distant Chinook. Power arrives in fat chunks, sweeping your hair back in waves until you reach 80mph and your teeth fall out. The amount of fuel remaining depends on whether you're going up- or downhill, and I've no idea how it makes it around corners, but I can report that it's very exciting. And not at all scary. And, if you point it at an apex, it generally hits it. The skinny front tyres are easy to place and provide a surprising amount of feedback through the wonky steering wheel. It even does lavish doughnuts, until you're choking on smoke and your goggles steam up.