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Yamaha Motiv city car concept

24 November 2013

It s fully years since F1 car designer Murray first began down his city car notions, and the production product is now tantalisingly At the Tokyo motor show week the Motiv was unveiled, many of the innovations that has been working on over the few years, brought together a virtually production ready

And unsurprisingly it is not a conventional car company is poised to take the plunge but purveyor of motorcyles, musical scooters, snowmobiles, jet-skis and but not yet a car.

I say poised because the decision to put the into production has apparently not been taken. No doubt and his many fans will fingers, toes and major desperately crossed.

The example at the show and in these images is the a fully electric version of the although a 1.0-litre three-cylinder edition is perhaps more to emerge as a saleable product in or so. The multi-purpose platform mirrors the T25 and battery T27 twins that from Murray s prototype in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

s electric Motiv-e is powered by a 15kW (20bhp) motor, fed by an lithium-ion battery. The motor can up to 25kW (33bhp) and a stonking of torque in short bursts, would presumably make it pretty nippy in the city, if the low sustained power means it run out of puff at higher speeds. to 62mph is cited at a leisurely 15 or so.

Range between charges is at 100 miles in real-world conditions.

The has been very neatly in a sort of space-helmet kind of which ought to prove divisive than Murray s approach to the T25 and T27. Yamaha s car is a strict two seater, in Smart style, whereas Murray s vehicles were both with a central driving

Yamaha Motiv city car concept

Losing the middle seat and the driver over to one side may quashed echoes of Murray s opus, the McLaren F1, but it has made the a might more practical. seats are tricky to climb hence the T25 s huge upward canopy. which would had the notable drawback of soaking the when opened in a rainstorm. just the two pews, Yamaha s can get by with a pair of ordinary, doors.

At 269cm long, 147cm and 148cm tall, the Motiv is the same length as the Smart it vaguely resembles, but 6cm shorter and 9cm It also shares a plastic skin with the city though under the skin the approach is very different and the key to his proposition.

Murray s iSteam method ditches expensive sheet-steel panels in favour of a and box-section steel spaceframe welded together, providing structural strength and crash The result is drastically reduced costs and a welcome cut in weight at a 730kg the electric Motiv-e is one fifth lighter than the electric Smart ForTwo ED.

The Motiv also makes use of s compact fully independent design, so should ride and significantly beyond the city car Most small cars do with twist-beam rear that are light, compact and but which link left and wheel movements together.


It to be seen if any manufacturer is brave to put Murray s entire vision production complete with seat and canopy. But for now, a light from Yamaha be very welcome indeed.

Yamaha Motiv city car concept
Yamaha Motiv city car concept
Yamaha Motiv city car concept
Yamaha Motiv city car concept

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