Trike drags and drifts like a boss

2016-03-03 06:00
The Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo Concept is a one-off turbo-charged three-wheeler that loves the track. PHOTO: Supplied

The Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo Concept is a one-off turbo-charged three-wheeler that loves the track. PHOTO: Supplied

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LOVE it or hate it, Bombardier Recreational Products’ Can-Am Spyder Roadster is definitely a unique vehicle. Recently, however, BRP introduced a one-off model that’s a little more unique than all the others — the Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo Concept Vehicle. Unveiled this Thursday at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway, the F3 Turbo was on hand to help start BRP’s sponsorship of the upcoming Can-Am Nascar racing season.

The vehicle features a 150-hp, 1,330-cc turbocharged and intercooled Rotax engine.

That powerplant takes the F3 Turbo from 0-100 km/h) in 4,3 seconds and does a quarter-mile (0,4 km) in 12,3 seconds.

There’s also a Sport mode, which allows for controlled rear tire drifts when engaged.

“BRP’s Rotax engineers challenged themselves to develop a turbo version of the Can-Am Spyder F3 engine, which resulted in this high-performance vehicle,” says Rénald Plante, director, Can-Am Spyder engineering.

“This concept showcases the advantages of a Y-frame design, such as a lower centre of gravity, the ability to drift, and superb tire grip during aggressive cornering.”

There are no plans to bring the F3 Turbo to production.

— Supplied

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