Gordon Murray and Yamaha Working Together on New Car Design
Japanese automotive giant Yamaha has revealed the MOTIV.e concept car at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The electric-powered city car has been jointly developed with British car designer and former F1 specialist, Gordon Murray.
Created from Yamaha Motor’s multi-wheel history and experience (2 wheel, 3 wheel and 4 wheel technology), the ultra-compact MOTIV.e personal mobility concept has been designed using Gordon Murray’s patented iStream manufacturing technology.
Representing a rethink and redesign of the traditional automotive manufacturing process, the iStream manufacturing system incorporates Formula One composite technology and aims to deliver new levels of lightweight, safety, vehicle dynamics and manufacturing flexibility alongside low environmental impact. Development of this process began over 15 years ago and it has already won ‘Idea of the Year’ award from British motoring magazine Autocar. According to research engineers at Gordon Murray Design, the simplified assembly process means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory, which could further reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%.
The 4-wheeler MOTIV.e city car design carries a body-shape which has been inspired by Yamaha’s motorcycle products, with the iStream design being centred on a steel frame that incorporates bonded composite monocoque panels to produce a lightweight, rigid safety cell. As well as all independent suspension and low unsprung weight, an all-new electric powertrain has been designed using ‘state of the art’ materials and technology.
Source: Gordon Murray Design