Yamaha sports car concept teased

As maker of some the best engines in the world, Yamaha designed many car engines over the years but has never actually built a whole car.

That changes in 2019 when Yamaha puts its version of McLaren F1 design Gordon Murray’s Motiv city car into production, using the innovative iStream production process.

In the meantime, Yamaha will show off a new sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, previewed in this extremely vague teaser image.

Clearly the concept is a low-slung, mid-engined two-seater. The upper part of the rear end is just about visible, hinting at advanced aerodynamics. But Yamaha has given no concrete details whatsoever about it at this point; it isn’t even known if the concept is related to the Motiv.

It could well be, though. Yamaha said when it first unveiled the Motiv in 2013 that there would be several bodystyles to choose from, and the iStream construction process – a lightweight tubular frame with composite panels bonded in – is adaptable to just about any type of car.

Yamaha has any number of engines that could power the sports car, up to the 1,000cc, c.250bhp motor from the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike. More likely it will have some sort of electric powertrain with a small capacity engine providing either full or range-extender hybrid capability.

We’ll find exactly what’s what when the Yamaha sports car concept is unveiled next week.

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By Only Motors

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