The Yamaha Sports Ride Concept has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show this year, with the underpinnings being the work of McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray. The actual design of the car was the responsibility of ex-Toyota designer Dezi Nagaya, with Murray creating a variation of his iStream system, replacing the fibreglass with carbon fibre technology. Nagaya highly credited Gordon Murray Design for its participation with the concept. Taking roughly five months to go from “design to realisation”, Nagaya worked with the aptly named Design & Realizations design group, based in Shizuoka.
Whilst a whole lot of information is yet to be announced on the Sports Ride Concept, there are a few things we should expect. Firstly, lightness – with its carbon fibre underpinnings it is expected to weigh much less than 900kg. Also, we will probably look at a price tag around £30,000, putting it up against the Lotus Elise of which we would assume it to rival. Powertrain information is yet to be announced, also, but at the Tokyo motor show two years ago Yamaha showed of their Motiv city car, which had a 1.0-litre three cylinder engine – so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a tuned, more powerful version of that in this new sports concept. If the power is upped in excess of 100bhp, then once again it would be placed in the firing line of the Elise in terms of power-to-weight. Murray also mentioned that iStream is a profitable system with production of 1,000 to 350,000 units.
The blend of lightness and speed is something everyone can appreciate and is what makes the likes of Lotus, Caterham and Ariel so fun to drive, so with the same blend and Gordon Murray heavily involved in the process, this could be a very exciting car indeed.