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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Unique shaped scooters from the past

For those of you who may still be confused with the 'scooter' term and what is the difference with an ordinary motorcycle. The definition of 'scooter' is a type of two-wheeled vehicle or motorcycle with a frame that is one with the body (monocoque) so that its rider has a special platform to put his feet.
Unique shaped scooters (in pictured: Unibus scooter) from the past. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UyYDZB)
Perhaps when it was first shown to the public in the past, its shape was not as we know it now. And maybe you will ask about how unique the shape of the scooter was when it first began to be developed in the past. Here're unique shaped of pioneered scooter was built in early 19th up to 20th centuries;

1. Hildebrand und Wolfmuller
Scooter design began to develop since 1914, but long before there's a German manufacturer named Hildebrand und Wolfmuller had pioneered the first model of scooter in early nineteenth century. But the Hildebrand und Wolfmuller models are not well developed due to the complexity of the design, including the rear wheels which are driven directly by the engine piston as well as on the steam locomotives.
This is Hildebrand und Wolfmüller motorcycle was brought by an Englishman named John C. Potter in 1893 and later known as the first motorcycle in Indonesia. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Nwfrq1)
But amazingly, this German-made scooter was the figure of a motorcycle that first stopped in Indonesia (at that time still called the Dutch East Indies) which was imported directly by a British named John C. Potter in 1893. (Here's the full story).

2. Auto-Fauteuil
In 1902, a French manufacturer made a scooter named Auto-Fauteuil which is often regarded as one of the forerunners of the modern scooter. Unlike today's scooters, Auto-Fauteuil scooters drive the rear wheels with a chain system, just like an ordinary motorcycle. Its trademark is the rider's seat adopts a (house) chair model with arms and backrests.
Auto-Fauteuil 1908 model "Tour" 490 cc, water cooled, single frame. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UR5VwD)
And the story behind the creation of this scooter is also quite unique, it all began when the French factory named Georges Gauthier and Cie. in Blois, Loir-et -Cher, which is actually an auto-parts manufacturer tried to make a scooter.

The scooter manufactured between 1902 and 1922 and the presence of these scooters was quite attention-grabbing in the eyes of the bikers of the era. At  first the power units were supplied by De Dion Bouton, but by 1906 Gauthier used his own engines. These engines could be ordered in several capacities, with magneto or battery and coil ignition and engines could be air-cooled or water cooled.

3. Autoped
Then the first generation of scooters was marked by the appearance of Autoped in 1915. The Autoped was an early motor scooter or motorized scooter manufactured by the Autoped Company of Long Island City, New York from 1915 to 1921.
1919 Autoped, (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KXq9jQ)
To ride the Autoped had a unique way, namely the driver stood on a platform with 10-inch tires and operated the machine by pushing the handlebars forward, while for braking, the driver must pull the handlebars towards the rear.
Krupp licence-built Autoped with seat. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KXq9jQ)
The engine was an air-cooled, 4-stroke, 155 cc engine over the front wheel. The bike came with a headlamp and tail lamp, a Klaxon horn, and a toolbox. Developed during wartime and gasoline rationing, it was quite efficient, but was not widely distributed and used (for example, used by traffic police officers).

4. Unibus
Next unique scooter is a scooter from England which is also included in the first generation scooter category. The scooter was named Unibus, ie a scooter produced by a British company called Gloster Aircraft Co. and before producing scooters, this British company founded in 1917 had been producing airplanes which were used during the first world war. And at the end of the war which was precisely in 1920, the company decided to switch to producing two-wheeled vehicles, namely Scooters.
Unibus scooter as display at the Jet Age Museum in Gloucestershire, England. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DuB6Ds)
This unique scooter designer is Harold Boultbee who is also an engineer at those British manufacturing company. In its heyday, Unibus was a scooter that used a fairly sophisticated engine so many people at that time dubbed it "The Car On Two Wheels". The Unibus scooter uses a 2-stroke one-cylinder air-cooled engine with a capacity of 270 cc. These engine is capable of producing power up to 2.5 horsepower, which then delivers the power to the rear wheels through the two-speed manual transmission system. Then the legs that allow this scooter to roll on the road are a pair of 16-inch wheels.
With engine specifications that are fairly sophisticated at that time, of course it is not surprising that the selling price becomes expensive. Especially by carrying out an elegant design, then at that time, Unibus was considered a masterpiece. But as a result of the high price of these scooters, made it unsold on the market. So finally in 1922 the production was stopped. And for 2 years producing Unibus scooters, the British manufacturer only made 100 units. And if you currently feel interested and want to see this Unibus scooter figure, then you are advised to come up to the Jet Age Museum in Gloucestershire, England. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | SCOOTERNET.GR | YESTERDAYS | HITS FROM THE 80S&90S]
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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Seeing a classic gold-plated car at the Geneva Motor Show 2019

Even though all the cars will look attractive if they are exhibited at events as big and as magnificent as the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, but at the event there is also a classic gold-plated car in its some parts that seems attract the attention of visitors.

Golden Sahara II vintage autonomous concept restored for Geneva using a fresh set tires of translucent Goodyear Neothane. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2IFBsKE)
The car's name is Golden Sahara II, it presented by Klairmont Kollections in collaboration with the world renowned tire manufacturer Goodyear. These car appeared dominant in a beautiful bright white-colored blended nicely with sparkling gold-plated parts.

These classic car shown exclusively at those tire manufacturer booth at the event and seen using the latest tire concept from those manufacturer named Goodyear Neothane, which looks transparent and can emit light from the inside. The company said that their latest tire concepts is made from a special translucent synthetic rubber so able to make it glows while in the dark or less light condition.

As reported by Motor1 on Thursday, March 7, 2019 which wrote that the Golden Sahara II is a classic 1950's car was the brainchild of visionary Jim Street and legendary car customizer George Barris. This car is a collection car that continues to be exhibited from year to year with continuous changes.
Golden Sahara II vintage autonomous concept was the brainchild of visionary Jim Street and legendary car customizer George Barris and restored by Klairmont Kollections in collaboration with Goodyear. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2IFBsKE)
Although the body looks classic, but in fact it has used the latest technology, even the interior has been very luxurious with a modern dashboard model and uses a steering wheel like the one on a fighter plane.

Golden Sahara II is arguably the car that unites classic design and modern technology. The proof, the braking system has applied an electronic system that can detect obstacles on the path of the car and apply the brakes automatically.

This classic car can also be driven by a remote control system, and the doors can open automatically, this makes it became a part of a classic Hollywood movie titled "Cinderfella" starring along with Jerry Lewis. The design also began to look modern from the shape of the grille and tailfins to the glass canopy like the one on a fighter.
The presence of Golden Sahara II at the Geneva Motor Show did receive a warm welcome due to its looks very attractive. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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Friday, April 26, 2019

This is not a Vespa scooter but a car

So far, if we hear the name Vespa, then what comes to mind is a classic two-wheeled scooter with a cute rear, but there are still many who do not know that actually Piaggio, a renowned scooter manufacturer from Italy once produced a mini four-wheeled vehicles (which is common called a micro car or city car) by using the same brand as the scooter product, ie the Vespa in 1957 and marketed in the period between 1959 and 1961.
Piaggio micro car named Vespa 400. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KYt0ZP)
This tiny car figure is known as the Vespa 400, and is produced by a French automotive manufacturer called ACMA (Ateliers de Constructions de Motos et Accessoires) with a design patent from Piaggio Italia. This French manufacturer is also known to have produced a military version of the Vespa which was named the Vespa 150 TAP or The Bazooka Vespa in the early 1950s. These Vespa 400 has two variants, namely Lusso and Turismo.

Drawer that serves as a place to put the battery on the front. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KYt0ZP)
This tiny car is armed with an air-cooled two-cylinder 393 cc two-stroke engine. The engine's own character is square, which is a bore x stroke 63mm x 63mm and of course it has a balanced character between the top and bottom turns. Then the compression ratio is very low at only 6.4: 1 (which allows the use of fuel with low octane values ​​or below 90).

This mini car has a capacity of 4 passengers, but the rear is still too small for adults. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KYt0ZP)
While the engine placement on the back, while for the space in the front can be used to put things. The power produced by the engine reaches 18 horsepower. And the power is then sent to move the rear wheels through a 3-speed manual transmission system. and able to deliver this car running up to speeds of 80-90 kph. Yes, that is indeed enough power for a micro car, especially in the 50s.

This 393cc capacity engine is capable of producing up to 14 horsepower of power. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KYt0ZP)
Then the model itself still reflects the Vespa's distinctive design ie compact and simple. The uniqueness of this car is on the door hinges in the middle pillar, the direction of opening the door automatically. Unlike the usual cars that exist today. The roof also uses a canvas model that can be opened when you want to enjoy the panorama.
Rear side view of Vespa 400. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KYt0ZP)
The interior as is usually a micro car is only available two seats at the front, and a cushion for small children to sit on the back. So ideally this car can carry 2 adult passengers and 2 small children. Physically, this micro car is wider than the Mercedes Smart which can only be carried two people inside.
There are approximately 20 thousand cars produced in the first two years and finally in 1961 the car production was stopped, while Piaggio did not disclose the reason for the production halt. But at least the micro car Vespa 400 has proven that the Italian manufacturer Piaggio is also able to produce transportation other than scooters. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | OTOSIA]
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A 1950s style Italian-made GT-car got a positive notice at Geneva

The world's largest automotive exhibition event, such as the Geneva International Motor Show is not only to be a place to showcase the automotive products from well-known brands, but also used by many small automotive manufacturers or maybe even previously unknown.
Fornasari GT 311 Gigi has shown off at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Dfqat7)
Yes, among the automotive products on display at the 2019 GIMS, there are several vehicles that seem quietly to attract the attention of visitors. Let's us take look at one of them, ie a pretty interesting concept car named Fornasari GT 311 Gigi made and designed by Fornisari Cars.
Left side view of Fornasari GT 311 Gigi. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PegfZB)
Have you ever known those automotive company? We are sure that most of you might doesn't know and might newly found out this time. This company is an Italian automotive company which was officially founded in 1999 by Giuseppe Fornasari with a group of friends supporters.

And actually the company was not a new name in the automotive world, after the adventure in the world of motorsport since the early '90s, with the Corvette purchased in America and the desire to prepare for racing.
Interior view of Fornasari GT 311 Gigi. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZbbDbb)
The world of racing and Gran Turismo is always the backdrop to the life of the promoter of this initiative, thanks to his father, Gigi, Alpha skilled pilot Maserati and fifties, who sent his son a passion for not only cars but also a wealth of technical knowledge and human resources. 

Back to the car. It might looks like a Ferrari, maybe the Jaguar, and has something of Aston Martin, or maybe it is a Mercedes. In any case, comes from fifties of last century. Yes, from its exterior actually looks like the 1950s GT but packed in a tweaked and power avatar.
Rear three quarter of Fornasari GT 311 Gigi. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DfXqR3)
The company said that the concept of the car was designed since 2013 and newly in 2018 it was made into a real car like its current form. The design is, it can be said genuine, and while under its hood is there's  lay a 6.2 liter (some says it taken of Corvette V8) engine with 500 horse power maximum. It is understood that it had to be modified to accommodate this engine block in the body.
Rear view of Fornasari GT 311 Gigi. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DfXqR3)
These old-school 1950s style GT-car is a 2-seater car which can be customized as coupe or convertible without changing the lightweight frame which speaks when travelling at higher speeds. By the customer demands, the car can be made of aluminum or composite material. The chassis is made ​​of steel alloyed with molybdenum (some believed there is chromium) and consists of 450 pipes or tubes.

The interior is dominated by aluminum, wood and leather, and clearly, everything is hand processed and merged together. There are options to choose the decoration and styling according to one’s taste in a variety of fabrics including rare wooden linings.
As quoted of eXtravaganzi, these old-school style GT-car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (100 kph) in only 3.5 seconds and its gas pedal can be pushed up to reach max speed is 200 mph. And from the same sources, the car's price is estimated around $300,000. In our opinion that is a reasonable price for such a pretty car like this.

As closing and bonus as well, if you wanna see one of cars that have shapes look alike to those GT-car mentioned above named the 'Ferarri F430 Competizione,' which rebuilt based of 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlineta by Gullwing America in 2011. And what do you think? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FORNISARI CAR | TOP GEAR | ENUZE | EXTRAVAGANZI]
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

You've been lucky, if could be see one of these cars

Maybe you are wondering, why did we make the title of the article like that? This was intentional because it was to show how scarce the following cars were. So it is very rare for people to see it passing on the streets at this time.
The rarest 2007 Blastolene B-702, this unique shaped car inspired by the 1930s French car, designed by Michael Leeds and Randy Grubb. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2tANCvJ)
Like the unique shaped car above named 2007 Blastolene B-702 or known as the best art-deco costumized car ever, it was designed by Michael Leeds and Randy Grubb. The following cars were rare, unloved, forgotten but somehow extremely cool and interesting models that deserve to be dragged into the light and shown to the public once more.

So, here they are – 6 classic sports cars you probably didn’t know ever existed.

1. Melkus RS 1000
The first sports car came from the eastern bloc communist countries which were known to be very closed during the cold war era. So it is very rare to hear the production of sports cars made by these countries. Until one day in the East Germany, there's an automotive engineer named Heinz Melkus designed a very capable and attractive sports coupe car and convinced the Wartburg factory to produce a limited number of these sports cars.
1969 Melkus RS1000. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GMiCRP)
By using the Wartburg 353 as a basis, Melkus designed and fabricated independent front and rear suspension, roll-bars and close ratio 5-speed gearbox. And then the 992 ccm engine was tuned to produce 68 hp and mounted behind the driver sending its power to rear wheels, instead to front like in its basis car Wartburg 353.

Melkus also designed and manufactured lightweight fiberglass body which featured modern design and low profile. The car was called Melkus RS 1000 and it was introduced for the first time in 1969. To be honest, for 1969s standards this was an extremely advanced sports car, however underpowered with just 68 hp of power.
Left side view of 1969 Melkus RS1000. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GMiCRP)
The production ended in 1979 after 101 cars were made. The Melkus RS 1000 was extremely expensive for East European standards which also explains why the car made in limited production. Most the sports cars were bought by the auto sports teams and raced in local championships.

And it's rumoured, the car company has been revived by making the Melkus RS2000 and shown it for the first time at the 2009 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

2. Kellison J6
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, fiberglass body construction stopped being high tech process exclusive to established manufacturers and became something you could do in your garage. This influenced numerous small companies to start offering their plastic bodies to be mounted on regular car chassis creating a unique and interesting design.

1965 Kellison J6. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Srhoga)
There's an auto company named Kellison established in the early 1950s, the company produced several successful kits for installation on popular models, but in early 1960s the company introduced the J6. The J6 could be bought as a kit or a fully built car, making Kellison a boutique car manufacturer.

The J6 was based on Corvette frame but Kellison didn’t just re-body the ‘Vette. They moved the engine further back in the chassis, changed the suspension, installed larger brakes and different interior making J6 better handling and even faster since J6 body was somewhat lighter than stock Corvette.
Rear side view of 1965 Kellison J6. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TmI7z0)
This conversion was pretty popular and over 500 bodies or cars were built. The J6 was very successful in hands of private racing teams since it offered Corvette power in better handling package.

3. ASA 1000 GT
This little Italian sports car was once considered the next big thing in the car industry when it was introduced in 1962. Then it known as “Ferrarina” (little Ferrari), the ASA 1000 GT was exactly that since it was built on tubular chassis with lightweight body and engine designed by then Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarinni.
1964 ASA 1000 GT 'Ferrarina' by Carrozzeria Bertone. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TejVPv)
It had four-wheel disc brakes, sports suspension, and nicely trimmed interior. Under the hood was the 1.03-liter four cylinder engine capable to spew 93 hp of power. However, despite the big initial interest by the world's automotive customers, the car production stopped in 1967 after only 95 examples were built. Today, this Ferrarina is highly praised by collectors and car historians.

4. Matra Djet
Virtually unknown outside of France, Matra was a very innovative and influential car manufacturer in the country. Originally, the company was dedicated to airplane and military production but then it built cars and developed concepts for another French automotive manufacturers such as Renault, for example.
1965 Matra Djet. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GLs8F1)
In 1965, Matra took over the Djet project from racer Rene Bonnet and introduced it to the public as the first mid-engined production car in the world. In those days, the concept of mid-engined cars was reduced to racing prototypes and Matra decided to introduce similar cars for the road.
Rear side view of 1965 Matra Djet. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GLs8F1)
The car custom built chassis with diminutive Renault 8 engine may look slow today, but since the car only weighed 660 kg it was pretty fast in those day. Matra Djet was a very influential car since it showed the world a new engineering concept which was later accepted by all leading world's sports car manufacturers.

5. Cheetah
The global success of Shelby Cobra inspired many American race car builders to build a similar car which could compete on international level. From this perspective, nobody came close to beating the Cobra.
Bill Thomas Cheetah GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ICRR4h)
But Bill Thomas, a famous Chevrolet tuner and race car builder was a serious candidate. Unfortunately, due to various circumstances, the Cheetah was never given a proper chance. As you know, Chevrolet and GM pulled out of racing in 1963 but several independent race shops worked for GM`s back door programs in which the company supported the private racing teams with racing know-how or special racing parts.
Right side view of Bill Thomas Cheetah GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ICRcQl)
Bill Thomas’ shop was one of those outfits and he decided to build a Cobra competitor with Chevrolet power. That is how the Cheetah was born. Built on special lightweight chassis with a small block V8 moved as far back as possible and covered in a light fiberglass body, the Cheetah looked and performed as a race car.

Despite some overheating problems, the Cheetah was a remarkable performer and won some lower rank races and even the 1968 SCCA championship. Unfortunately, lack of support, mechanical problems and even a fire at the shop in California stopped the production after around 20 cars were built.

6. Marcos GT
The car produced from 1964 to 1971 and again from 1981 to 1990. Marcos GT was the most popular and interesting model from the British auto company named Marcos Engineering Ltd. Basically, a kit car built on custom chassis but with choice of engines, Marcos GT was relatively cheap but capable sports car with aggressive styling, low weight, and decent performance.
1967 Marcos GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TieY8a)
The GT could be had with numerous engines, mostly by Ford and lineup started with small 1.5 or 1.6-liter four-cylinders. However, if you want to experience full potential, the buyers needed to opt for 3.0-liter V6 from Ford or Volvo. For a brief period of time, Marcos GT was offered on the American market with Volvo`s straight six but not many cars were sold. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR-JUNKIE]
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Unique collaboration of two Japanese industry giants

Of course we all know the big names of Japanese automotive manufacturers that are very global. Just say Yamaha and Toyota.

First. Yamaha is a Japanese industrial giant that has a production line that can be said to be quite diverse, ranging from musical instruments, motorcycles, to engines. But this Japanese manufacturer looks not serious about making four-wheeled vehicles. Why is that so?
The legendary 1967 Toyota 2000GT or 'Japanese E-Type' turn out using Yamaha engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1LmFOx6)
Then the second name is called Toyota. The Japanese automotive giant is very successful in producing four-wheeled vehicles.

So it is not surprising if their four-wheeled vehicles can be seen pacing up and down the streets around the world. But Toyota never once intended to make a motorcycle. The same question arises, why is that?
1974 Toyota Yamahauler, a Hilux long bed version and used as a show car and appeared in various Toyota automotive advertisements at the time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2AywlHq)
The answer turns out that Yamaha and Toyota have proven to have unique relationships for years. Yes, this collaboration between the two Japanese industrial giants is analogous to a singer duet of different genres that produces a harmony on the stage of the show. It turns out that Yamaha is not only good at making motorbikes, it turns out they are also very skilled in making engines for four-wheeled vehicles.

1974 Toyota Yamahauler in one of 
Toyota's leaflet ads in 1970s.  (Picture 
from:  http://bit.ly/2SEyMz2)
As quoted of Ridepart, Yamaha has been designing and supplying engines for several Toyota production cars for years, starting from the 2000GT classic in 1967, then continued with Celica, and MR2. 

Likewise with Toyota, it was noted that in the 1970s it turned out they had created a pickup truck called Yamahauler specifically to promote the ability to transport motorbikes to its pickup model.

Precisely in 1974, Toyota introduced a long version of the Hilux pickup truck. This vehicle was intentionally made by Toyota to inaugurate a larger car which became known as the Toyota Yamahauler, this vehicle was then used widely as a show car and appeared in various Toyota automotive advertisements at the time.
Another Toyota's legendary car called Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 used a legendary Yamaha 4A-GE engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2AKgrKf)
This model offers many additional features that are not available in standard trucks, such as carpeting in the bed, bucket seats with crazy 70s stripes, Cragar rims, and a custom paint job by Molly Design.
Toyota Celica GT-Four also used a 3S-GTE coded engine of Yamaha. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LVkBTH)
Before that, one of Toyota's legendary products, the Toyota 2000GT which also uses engines manufactured by Yamaha. These classic sports cars whose designs are similar to the Jaguar E-Type use 2M and 3M coded engines.

The next engine produced by Yamaha for Toyota is the legendary 4A-GE engine. This legendary engine is used by a car that is now also becomin a legend too, the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86. 
2005 Toyota Celica GTS used a 2ZZ-GE coded engine of Yamaha. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FeklOe)
This machine is so legendary and is hunted by the car enthusiasts because it has compact dimensions, relatively light weights and great power. Therefore this machine is now hunted by car enthusiasts both for racing needs and daily use.

Furthermore, the engine from Yamaha used by Toyota's car products is a machine with a 3S-GTE code. This machine is now being hunted by many people because it has a relatively light weight and has enough power to be used both for daily use or racing. This machine was once immersed in one of the legendary cars from Toyota, the Toyota Celica GT-Four.
2012 Lexus LFA used a V10 1LR-GUE engine of Yamaha. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FeklOe)
The collaboration between Toyota and Yamaha continues to the Toyota Celica GT-S which uses 2ZZ-GE engines. This machine is actually not only used by the Toyota Celica GT-S but also used by one of the British car brands namely Lotus through its product, Lotus Elise.

Collaboration between Yamaha and Toyota continues when Lexus LF-A is introduced, this car also uses a V10 1LR-GUE engine that was developed by Yamaha which received many awards. After success with the Lexus LF-A, Yamaha again contributed to the heart of the drive found in the Lexus IS-F, RC-F, and GS-F engine V8 2UR-GSE.
1992 Yamaha OX99-11, the first Yamaha supercar concept with a 1+1 jet fighter style seating arrangement. (Picture from: http://thekneeslider.com/)
Yamaha also designed the V8 4.400cc engine for the Volvo XC90 and S80. The same engine is used by Volvo in the V8 Supercars race in Australia. In fact, the British sports car brand, Noble, uses the same drive for their product, the M600.

Then Yamaha also independently created a concept car called the Yamaha OX99-11 which was driven by a Yamaha V12 engine in 1992. The engine became the basis of the manufacturer to enter the world of Formula 1 racing as a supplier of engines to Zakspeed, Brabham, Jordan, Tyrell, and Arrows in the 1990s.
1989 Ford Taurus SHO equiped a new fuel-injected a Yamaha 3,000cc V6 was putting out 200 hp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LWmgsh)
Given the history of Yamaha, which is very good at developing engines for four wheels, making one of American auto giants, Ford was interested to use Yamaha's engine. Recordedly, they pinned a Yamaha 3,000cc V6 engine in the engine room of the Ford Taurus SHO which was launched in 1989.
Yamaha Sports Ride Concept at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1MsLNXg)
And finally in 2015, Yamaha once again presented their 4-wheeled sports car called the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. The middle-engined sports car is said to have a driver-engine relationship similar to a motorcycle. Unfortunately until now there have been no signs from Yamaha to make a production version of this beautiful sports coupe. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RIDEAPART]
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