We don't know much about the Sports Ride concept you see here, except that it's super lightweight. It's about as big as a Mazda MX-5 Miata, but only weighs 1,650 pounds. Peering inside the concept, we can see a stripped-out interior that's similar to a Lotus or even an Alfa Romeo 4C. Hopefully that's indicative of how this thing will drive, should it ever be built. Imagine one of these with a little turbo engine, or a reworked version of one of Yamaha's motorcycle mills.
The Sports Ride's design was all done in-house, but if you think it looks like a downsized supercar, you're not alone. That's alright, though. It looks killer in person, and all we can say is: build it.
This design concept mode takes a uniquely Yamaha approach by putting the involved and active feeling of riding a motorcycle, or "Live and Ride," into a vehicle with quintessential sports car proportions that adults can enjoy in daily use. Like the MOTIV (displayed at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013), it employs the iStream* process and is designed to express a driver-machine relationship close in feeling to the world of motorcycle riding. We devoted much attention to the high-quality details and were inspired by the artistic style of Elementarism in designing this proposal for a sports car.
Length×Width×Height: 3,900 mm×1,720 mm×1,170 mm
Vehicle weight: 750 kg
Seating capacity: 2
iStream: A process developed by Gordon Murray Design Limited to produce lightweight, high-rigidity vehicle structures rooted in Formula One technology