Yamaha Sports Ride Concept: Four-wheel motorcycle thrills
The idea behind the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept is to infuse a traditional two-seat sports car with the dynamics of a motorcycle. As a result, the Sports Ride Concept attempts to make the bond between the driver and machine as close as possible with minimal weight and the barest of amenities.
Developed in conjunction with Gordon Murray, the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept uses the designer's iStream process to produce a lightweight, yet highly rigid, chassis with optimal front/rear weight distribution. The core of this structure can be used to build a wide array of vehicles, from a small city commuter to a subcompact SUV. However, Yamaha chose a two-seat sports car to show off the technology and imbue the vehicle with the spirit of a motorcycle.
No production plan, yet
The primary goal of this project is to display the vehicle construction techniques rather than promise a specific production vehicle, although Yamaha said it is not beyond the realm of possibility. However, Yamaha execs did not provide any details on what type of powerplant would be mounted amidships to drive the rear wheels. It's not that Yamaha doesn't have experience building cars, it cooperated with Toyota to develop and build the Toyota 2000GT, a mid-1960s exotic sports car, and in later years provided engines to such vehicles as the Toyota Supra and the Ford Taurus SHO.