Tri-Star: the Morgan three-wheeler
A classic British sports car plus a venerable American engine minus a wheel equals fun times ahead
Posted: 12 Oct 2011
But first some facts. The new 3Wheeler isn't so much an homage to the original as a re-creation, a steel-tube frame with a parasitic wooden structure, clothed in aluminium panels and with a 2.0-litre Harley Davidson V-twin up front birthing 115bhp and 100lb ft of torque. The motor is quite literally up front, too - the gleaming, square spires sit proud of the front axle and drive the singular rear wheel via a miniature propshaft and a toothed belt similar to the ones you find running superchargers, or actual motorbikes.
And that's pretty much it. There are two seats in the cockpit - I refuse to refer to it as a cabin - a couple of dials, some toggles, a wheel and a gearstick, two surreptitious little flyscreens and the feeling that you've just strapped yourself into a torpedo, or the world's fastest canoe.