4 Reasons Why Yamaha's New Sports Car Concept Will Dominate

It must be difficult for a manufacturer mainly of electronics, motorbikes and sports equipment to design a class-leading car first time out, but Yamaha's new Sports Ride Concept has all the right ingredients for instant success. Here's why
4 Reasons Why Yamaha's New Sports Car Concept Will Dominate

1. It uses F1 iSTREAM Technology

4 Reasons Why Yamaha's New Sports Car Concept Will Dominate

The iSTREAM construction method, developed by Gordon Murray Design Limited, has only been used to build the Yamaha Motiv city-car concept. The tech utilises F1 construction technology using a mixture of thin-walled steel tubes bonded to composite iPanels. This allows manufacturers to produce lightweight cars quickly, cleanly and for a much lower cost than if they were using conventional methods.

After years of watching BMW and VW struggle with making pre-impregnated carbonfibre affordable, it looks like the genius F1 designer might already have the market sown up.

2. Gordon Murray is a genius

4 Reasons Why Yamaha's New Sports Car Concept Will Dominate

One of the major benefits of working with iSTREAM is the opportunity to work with Gordon Murray. Apart from creating arguably the world’s greatest supercar, Murray also has a burning passion for the low cost budget sports car; perhaps surprisingly, he owned a Smart Roadster for a number of years.

In 2005 he spoke about his desire to improve his Roadster. He contemplated removing the turbo for better throttle response and he even planned to weld in a lightweight metal roof to lower the centre of gravity. Unfortunately, after a failed attempt to disconnect the power steering he decided to leave the car stock. However, his quest for perfection certainly gives us a glimpse into the mindset of the great designer.

We can safely say that Murray has been calling out for an opportunity like this and we expect amazing results.

3. Yamaha's two-wheeled domination

4 Reasons Why Yamaha's New Sports Car Concept Will Dominate

Anyone who has ridden one of the company’s bikes knows that its doesn’t mess around when it comes to producing seriously fast machines. And even in the super competitive world of motorsport, it’s dominated in 2015 by securing the Moto GP and British Superbike Championships.

One shared characteristic between its super bikes is that they’re not necessarily the fastest bikes on the grid, but that they’re fantastic all-round packages. If Yamaha can take this ethos from two wheels and apply it to four then it should have a usable sports car that excels in every area.

4. The Answer Isn't Always Miata

4 Reasons Why Yamaha's New Sports Car Concept Will Dominate

The 2015 Mazda MX-5/Miata has been met with universal praise from the press for going back to its lightweight roots, and it’s been consistently beating the GT86 in various group tests. Even though it’s not really doing anything particularly revolutionary.

4 Reasons Why Yamaha's New Sports Car Concept Will Dominate

With the recent news that the Yamaha will have a boosted 1.5-litre powertrain, it looks like the Sports Ride is perfectly placed to draw buyers away from the low-powered Mazda.

And with its beautiful interior of leather, carbonfibre and metal accents, it might even lure some buyers from the top end of the market. Who needs an Alfa 4C when you can have a carbon-tubbed, mid-engined roadster for half the price, anyway?

The Sports Ride is set to hit the market in 2019 and it will hopefully give us an affordable and exciting entry point into the world of sports car ownership.



4: Wait, WHAT!? Blasphemy!

11/30/2015 - 21:03 |
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🎺🎺thank mr skeltal

In reply to by *ok*

The statement “The answer is always Miata” is only correct when you are a hairdresser kekekek

11/30/2015 - 21:21 |
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Callum Luke Norris

the other reason it will be domanating is because it will go like…


11/30/2015 - 21:44 |
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secuential ? i guess? jajaja

12/01/2015 - 00:09 |
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Wilberto Agosto

Nothing can beat the Miata at its own game! Not unless you make a car equal or better in performance BUT lower in price!

11/30/2015 - 22:31 |
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Toyota S-FR. Ha!

12/01/2015 - 00:50 |
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that interior tho

11/30/2015 - 22:47 |
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Why the Miata is on the article? Does that means that this new sport car will be cheap as the Miata?

11/30/2015 - 23:08 |
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it looks like a Miata got raped by a FT-1 and the Miata didn’t want to get avorted

11/30/2015 - 23:14 |
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Dale Wakelin

Did Yamaha not also help in designing the 2JZ?

11/30/2015 - 23:24 |
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And the 4AGE and 3SGE, and…

Toyota’s motorsport domination in the 80s and 90s is indebted in part to Yamaha

12/01/2015 - 00:32 |
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Yamaha’s and toyota’s partnership has been going on since the 60s with a car that I forgot it name but it had a 2000 in it. I believe all the boosted engines were Toyota and the high rev naturally aspirated was Yamaha’s help. It’s late and I don’t want to research but the 2jz was pure Toyota, although the 4age and the 2zz, but Yamaha doesn’t do boost. But then again, I haven’t really been into this stuff in a while. Since Toyota disappointed me by making crappy non performance cars for us regular joes

12/01/2015 - 06:34 |
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Mitch Drake

Yamaha seriously does make some of the best motorcycles. So I can only imagine what they’ll do with a car. Also yamaha makes a bunch of musical instruments, so expect a amazing exhaust note! Pretty sure they tuned the LFAs exhaust

12/01/2015 - 00:51 |
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Thug Bird

chirp chirp

12/01/2015 - 02:48 |
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Why a 1.5 liter :( if it were even a turbo 2 liter it would be fast

12/01/2015 - 03:15 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

why a turbo 2 liter? It will be too powerful, look at the performance of the MX5, it isn’t really strong, even with the 2 liter engine, yet it is praised by journalists

12/01/2015 - 05:25 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

it’s a bike manufacturer, they don’t need displacement for power.
my 0.6 liter bike makes about 120 horses :D

12/01/2015 - 14:35 |
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