Design Concept for a 2-Seater Sports Car
Special exhibit (Experimental vehicle)
If Yamaha set out to build a sports car, what would its design be like? This sports car concept fuses quintessential sports car proportions with uniquely Yamaha ideas that draw on our specialties as a manufacturer of various mobility products. The tangible design elements evocative of motorcycles throughout the car entice the driver to get behind the wheel.
Would it be possible to build a car that is fun to drive in the same ways a motorcycle is exciting to ride? As a further evolution of our multi-wheeled vehicles, Yamaha is currently developing a compact 4-wheeled automobile based on a new concept unlike anything before. One of the vehicle’s most distinctive features is the lightweight, high-rigidity, high-strength frame based on the iStream®* process that reflects ideals used for Formula One racing cars. iStream® makes it possible to build a range of variations based on this one platform, from urban commuter cars to sports cars and SUVs, covering a wide variety of uses and different types of driving enjoyment. Since revealing the MOTIV prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, we have been making steady development progress toward models for production and commercialization. We hope you look forward to the day when you can get behind the wheel.
This 2-seater RWD sports car’s lightweight, high-rigidity chassis, optimized front/rear weight distribution and more make possible a driving experience with a directly-connected feeling akin to a motorcycle.
This compact 2-seater sport commuter car was exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. The same frame can be fitted with different power units, such as a gasoline engine, an all-electric motor or a hybrid power unit.
The tubular frame with bonded composite panels can be altered to create various car types for different usages. The iStream® process expands the range of possibilities for driving fun in personal mobility.
*iStream®: A manufacturing and design process to produce lightweight, high-rigidity vehicle structures (chassis/frames). It is developed by Gordon Murray Design Limited and has its origins in Formula One technology. The concept is to create a basic structure by bonding composite panels to a tubular frame. It is a process for developing personal vehicles that boast both high performance and eco-friendliness.
The MOTIV undergoing on-road testing. Development toward commercialization is currently underway.
MOTIV compact 2-seater sport commuter car