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Old 11-14-2012, 11:06 AM   #1
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Default Yamaha R-Car is a Design Study for a 'Supercar with a Superbike Soul'

Most people know Yamaha for building motorcycles and musical instruments, but truth is, the brand with the logo sporting three tuning forks placed on top of each other in a triangular pattern, has ventured in many other fields, ranging from recreational vehicles and boats to pool-related equipment and industrial robots. It even tried to build its own V12-powered supercar back in the early 1990s with the futuristic OX9911 (see videos below); however, the program was eventually cancelled due to Japan's financial crisis at the time, but not before the company manufactured three working prototypes.

Yamaha's connection to the auto industry started well before the OX9911, as it helped develop and produce Japan's first true sports car, the 1967 Toyota 2000GT, while in the years that followed, it designed, built, and supplied several engines to automakers, from four-cylinder to V8 units (i.e. the Taurus SHO's 3.0-liter V6 and later on, 3.4-liter V8 units).

The reason why we're telling you all this is to present a new concept study for a Yamaha supercar by an independent designer from Spain named Albert Roselló.

The concept is called the Yamaha R Car, and according to Roselló, it depicts a "supercar with a superbike soul".

Besides the Lamborghini-esque styling, the R Car was envisioned to have an engine delivering over 900-horses while tipping the scales at less than 1,100kg (2,425 pounds), which of course, means nothing since it's all pure fantasy talk.

Additional photos of the project follow right past the jump.
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