Yamaha will be debuting their new concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
The 45th annual Tokyo Motor Show will be taking place later this month, from Friday, October 27th until Sunday, November 5th. Yamaha has recently announced that they will be bringing a new concept car to the show. The theme of the their motor booth will be called “Yamaha Future Garage: Resonate the Future.” The display will feature a total of 20 models – six world premiere models and four Japan premier models. Stop by their booth to see electrically powered bikes, scooters, motorcycles, and, of course, their all-new concept design model.
This will be the first Yamaha car to be debuted in two years, since their Sports Ride Concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
Two years ago, Yamaha revealed the Sports Ride Concept – an extremely lightweight two-seat sports car based around Gordon Murray’s iStream manufacturing process. For those of you who may not be familiar with the name, Murray is the designer of the McLaren F1. That alone should tell you a lot about him.
The iStream process consists of the extensive use of carbon fiber and is said to significantly lower the cost of vehicle production. The chassis built on the iStream platform is very strong and lightweight, and accommodates a variety of body styles. Basically, it allows vehicles to be produced more efficiently.
Here is what Gordon Murray had to say about the platform:
"“Light weighting is the final frontier in the automotive industry fight to lower emissions. Light weighting is important for internal combustion engined cars, but even more important for hybrids and electric vehicles.”"
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The concept car itself is a small, mid-engined two seater with an unmistakable profile and curves from the front to the rear. Weighing in at only 750kg (about 1,650 pounds), it is not hard to see where Yamaha got their inspiration from (hint: their motorcycles!). The car is also 153.5 inches long, which is only slightly longer than the Lotus Exige which is 149.5 inches. There are no details released on the power train yet, but Autocar says that the engine could be a tuned version of the turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder that debuted in the Yamaha Motiv concept.
What we will see later this month at the show could be a more advanced version of the concept car or something entirely different. Who knows?
The Motiv and the Sports Ride concept were both based on the same iStream platform that the new car features.
Take a look at the video below to refresh your memory of the Sports Ride Concept.