At the 45th annual Tokyo Motor Show, visitors will have the opportunity to see Yamaha’s new concept car. The car is expected to be a two-seat sports car built using the innovative “iStream” manufacturing process created by McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray.
The brand has been publicly stating its intent to launch a car since the reveal of its Motiv city car concept of 2013. In 2015, Yamaha revealed its Sports Ride Concept. Both concept cars to date have been built using the iStream process, which features first affordable high volume carbon fiber chassis that could revolutionize the way automakers make cars. According to a report from Autocar, the new concept car is expected to feature the same iStream construction.
Gordon Murray has been working with ELG Carbon Fibre, a UK-based manufacturer of recycled carbon fiber, on the development of the iStream. The iStream has a hybrid structural composite chassis comprising 14 composite structural panels made from Carbiso™ M, ELG’s signature line of carbon fiber nonwoven mats.
Unlike other manufacturing processes, the iStream Carbon is a fully mechanized procedure with a cycle time of just 100 seconds. Gordon Murray’s technique utilizes a honeycomb structure sandwiched between two carbon fiber sheets – a procedure that’s fast and cheap, but just as efficient as the more expensive ones. This process allows sub-premium models to be made efficiency at volumes ranging from 1,000 to 350,000 units per year.
According to Gordon Murray, the chassis system offers manufacturers a variety of benefits, including:
- A lightweight chassis system without the cost increases associated with all current lightweighting technologies.
- A large reduction in capital investment.
- A significant reduction in manufacturing energy.
- New levels of product flexibility from a single platform.
- New levels of chassis rigidity and durability and corrosion resistance.
- New levels of safety.
The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show will run from October 27 – November 5. For more information, visit www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en.