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Yamaha sportscar concept revealed at Tokyo motor show

28th Oct 2015 1:28 pm

Features carbon-fibre, tubular frame underpinnings; weighs 750kg

Yamaha has revealed its Sports Ride Concept sportscar at the Tokyo motor show. The car’s carbon-fibre, tubular frame underpinning features a variation of the iStream manufacturing technique, developed by ex-McLaren designer, Gordon Murray. However, the team that designed the car was led by ex-Toyota designer, Dezi Nagaya.
The two-seater sports car weighs in at a nifty 750kg. Powertrain details for the car are unknown, but Yamaha could combine the carbon-fibre chassis with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, which is expected to produce between 70 and 100bhp. This could give the car a power-to-weight ratio of up to, or even more than, 140bhp per tonne, which is around that of an Elise, against which Yamaha is likely to pit the sportscar.

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