The production version of the Invader was unveiled at last year's SEMA Show, and the trike is available as the open-top TR-3 or the TC-3 "coupe," but the Red Rocker Edition will only be offered on the latter model. This limited-edition model adds a unique black-on-red paint job with carbon fiber trim for the exterior and a suede-trimmed interior with Sammy's signature embroidered on the headrests. Speaking of the signature's, each of these Invaders will get a serial number plaque signed by The Red Rocker himself. There is no word how much the special-edition model will cost, but a standard TC-3 starts at $49,999.
Competing against the likes of the Can-Am Spyder and Compagna T-Rex, all Invader models are powered by a 194-horsepower four-cylinder engine borrowed from the Suzuki Hayabusu GSX1300R.
Scroll downward for the press release about the trike, as well as a video of the thing in action.
The Invader's unique high performance reverse trike design, features two steering front wheels and one rear drive wheel, both the Invader TC-3 and TR-3 provide comfortable side-by-side seating for two with mind-bending performance, wrapped in a body design that is unlike anything on the road.
"We've had a very favorable response to the TC-3 coupe," says Sandy Hall, President and CEO of Tanom Motors. "People liked the idea of the enclosed cockpit, but we also heard from those who wanted a little more of that wind-in-your-hair sensation of an open cockpit and to meet that demand we have designed the TR-3, a topless roadster."
Tanom Motors will also be showing a special edition Sammy Hagar "Red Rocker Invader TC-3" coupe at this year's SEMA show created under the direction of the Red Rocker himself. This limited issue Invader was inspired by the energetic spirit of the famous rock 'n roll legend Sammy Hagar.
True to his name, each "Red Rocker Invader TC-3" features a signature Red Rocker paint scheme with carbon fiber trim and a custom suede interior accented by red stitching and custom embroidered seats. Each of the 55 "Red Rocker Invader TC-3's" built will feature a serialized plaque signed by Sammy himself.
Both the TR-3 and TC-3 feature a frame constructed from one-and-a-half-inch tubular steel with a front crash zone, triangulated side protection bars and a complete roll-cage surrounding the cockpit. Wrapped around this framework is a sleek fiberglass body with flowing sinewy lines that hint of power and speed hidden underneath. In the TR-3's open air cockpit there are two side-by-side race style bucket seats that will comfortably accommodate six foot plus occupants.
Drivers will find a set of controls similar to those found in any sports car - a steering wheel, gas, brake and clutch pedals and a six-speed sequential shifter and reverse gear. A full complement of gauges round out the cockpit along with many standard amenities including a locking glove box, map light, power point and cup holders. Located just aft of the passenger cockpit are two locking watertight compartments that make the Invader perfect for a weekend getaway or quick trip to the store.
Pushing the Invader's start button brings to life a snarling 1,300 cc Hayabusa powerhouse capable of delivering 197 horsepower to the 18-inch wide rear tire. From a standing start the Invader rockets to 60 mph in just under four seconds. Keeping all this power under control is a race inspired forged front suspension featuring unequal length control arms out front and lightweight aluminum swing arm in the rear. A push on the brake pedal activates a pair of four piston front calipers and a single rear six-piston caliper quickly bringing everything to a halt.
"Driving the Invader is a totally unique experience," says Adam Canni, Tanom Motors Director of Design. "You are just a few inches off the ground and its exceptional power to weight ratio provides wicked fast acceleration that is exhilarating to say the least. Combine that with its exceptional handling and braking and the result is nothing short of jaw dropping performance that equals its appearance. It looks fast even when it is standing still."
The Invader TC-3 Coupe will be offered at a base MSRP of $49,999.00. For more information please visit us at the 2012 SEMA Show in booth #36057 or visit our web site at www.tanommotors.com.