Yamaha Needs To Make This F1-Powered Supercar

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It could be a successor to the Yamaha OX99-11 V12 that never entered production.

Yamaha is best known for manufacturing high-performance motorcycles, but back in the early 1990s the Japanese manufacturer dabbled with building a sports car with Formula One technology. At the time, Yamaha was a Formula One engine supplier and wanted to utilize this experience to build a road-going sports car.

With the help of British engineering consultancy IAD, Yamaha unveiled the OX99-11 V12, a two-seater sports car that was presented as a prototype in 1992. The name was derived from its OX99 F1 engine. Powering the single-seater was a 3.5-liter V12 producing 400 hp that could rev all the way to 10,000 rpm, paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Gaspere Conticelli / Behance
Gaspere Conticelli / Behance
Gaspere Conticelli / Behance

Only three prototypes were made. The plan was to put the OX99-11 V12 into production into 1994, but the project was ultimately scrapped.

But what if Yamaha's two-seater sports car was revived for the 21st century? Artist Gaspere Conticelli has shared his vision of a modern-day Yamaha OX99-11 V12 dubbed the Yamaha OX-2020, and it looks suitably radical. The hypothetical Yamaha OX99-11 V12 takes the form of a mid-engine sports car sporting a dramatic design that incorporates large air intakes on the side and a roof scoop providing substantial cooling. As a throwback to the original OX99-11 V12, the artist has also fitted a distinctive split front bumper and quad taillights.

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Gaspere Conticelli / Behance
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The artist hasn't said what would power his creation, but it would likely have significantly more power since technology has improved since the original prototype debuted nearly 30 years ago.

If the Yamaha OX99-11 V12 was given the green light for production, it could potentially be a rival to the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One, which both have Formula One-sourced technology. It would need to be insanely powerful, however, as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One both have over 1,000 horsepower on tap. The OX99-11 V12 isn't the only car concept Yamaha hasn't built either, as the company also produced the Super Light sports car concept.

Sadly, Yamaha has said it doesn't want to build cars so a radical OX99-11 V12 successor will never happen, but we can still dream.

Gaspere Conticelli / Behance
Gaspere Conticelli / Behance

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