From building superbikes to co-developing sports cars, Yamaha seems to have conquered it all. And now, the Japanese giant has showcased its upcoming prototype electric motor, which seems to be certified for electric hypercars.
Yamaha Motor Co. has unveiled an all-new electric motor; however, the motor is in the prototype stage. Yamaha has been making electric motors with power output ranging between 46 and 297bhp for two-wheelers and other mobility solutions. This time around, Yamaha has confirmed that the upcoming electric motor has been designed and developed for the hyper electric car application.
The electric motor has been designed to be compact for optimum space management. The mechanical linkages and electrical components are housed in a single unit, integrating the gears and inverter into a singular package. Yamaha intends to house multiple motors in a single electric vehicle chassis. With a two-motor setup and the power output of 462bhp (operating voltage of 800V) for one motor, the combined power will be over 900bhp (924bhp). Add another pair of motors for an AWD setup, and the power output will cross into the hypercar territory at 1,848bhp. Yamaha has also incorporated an oil-cooling mechanism for better heat dissipation, which in turn will offer minimum losses.
Yamaha states that the motor is not only intended for electric hypercar application but also other high-output mobility solutions. The Japanese manufacturer has also begun to take orders for the commissioned prototype development.
Yamaha helped co-develop the Lexus LFA’s 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V10. Over a decade ago, Yamaha’s acoustic engineering helped Lexus turn firepower into pure harmony. Yamaha has confirmed that the prototype motor will be showcased at the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2021, in Yokohama, Japan, scheduled for May 26-28, 2021.