By the late 1950s, another company, Fratelli Brenna, acquired the three-wheeled Motocarro light trucks. The name Bremach is the combining of the two company's names: Bre-Mach. By the 1970s, Bremach concentrated on the light truck segment and eventually developed a 4x4 that was sold throughout the world.
Bremach's latest truck is the T-Rex, and this one's available in the US. In TRANSLOGIC 56, we focused on the all-electric version of the T-Rex but that's just one of several powertrains available. The gasoline powered version uses a 6.0 liter Vortec V8 that makes 323 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque. A Cummins 5.9 liter, straight six diesel can also be had and that's good for as much as 325 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.
The fully electric version we drove uses a brushless permanent magnet motor that's good for 300 hp. There's also a series-hybrid version that operates sort of like the Chevy Volt. Like the Volt, it uses a 2.2 liter General Motors Ecotec four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 149 hp that provides power for the batteries. Propane and compressed natural gas versions are forthcoming.
Transmission choices include an Alison six-speed automatic or a GM four-speed automatic. A manual transmission can be ordered as well.
One the most impressive aspects of the T-Rex is its climbing ability. Thanks to 11 inches of ground clearance and short overhangs, it can handle a 44 degree approach and departure angle and the company says it can climb a 45 degree incline, as well as operate in nearly 3 feet of standing water. Breakover angle is an equally impressive 135 degrees.
Since the T-Rex is pretty much hand built, it can be outfitted with a variety of cabs and attachments including cargo box and a small crane plus there are two and four door or open top cab configurations. However, the Bremach T-Rex isn't cheap – the cost runs from $96,000 to $140,000.
Click the image below to watch TRANSLOGIC 56: Bremach T-Rex Electric: