TG mag races a Piaggio Ape
We go endurance racing in a three-wheeled, rear-wheel drive, bright red Italian design icon
Posted: 28 Aug 2013
Three laps into my first actual motor race, the experience is largely similar. I grip the Ape's handlebars and steer into the first corner, which curls off to the left while I continue straight towards a concrete wall.
Thankfully I nerf a sausage kerb and round the bend. There's another red Ape in my way: a backmarker. He panics into turn one and nearly tips the thing onto its nose. Goodbye, red Ape 2. Next up: black Ape 3, and this time it's for the lead...
I dummy to the outside. He moves over to defend... then suffers morbid understeer into a sharp right-hander. I tweak the brakes and twitch the bars, moving to the inside. My lonely front tyre finds some grip. I exit the corner in front. And that, my friends, is how it's done.