There are all sorts of weird race vehicles out there, but this might be one of the weirdest. It’s a three-wheeled machine with a closed cabin and handlebars, powered by a 600cc Honda motorcycle engine. It looks like an absolute blast to drive.
This machine, built and driven by Loris Rosati, is based off a Piaggio Ape, a tiny three-wheeled Italian cargo vehicle. Most of the bodywork on Rosati’s car is gone, and the wheelbase and overall height have been shortened drastically. The motor has more than three times the displacement as the largest factory engine available, but the handlebar steering setup remains.
The result of all that power and virtually no weight is a tail-happy three-wheeled go-kart with a windshield and roof. Rosati is able to slide the Lightning McQueen-liveried Ape around with ease, putting on a show for everyone at this year’s Italian Historic Cars event in Camaiore, Italy.
Watch for yourself as Rosati rips through the slaloms in his wacky creation.