Yamaha is set to bring an electric three-wheeler, the Tricera, and a hydrogen-combustion dune buggy to the Tokyo Motor Show. The Yamaha Tricera is reminiscent of open-sided vehicles like the Morgan Super 3 and 3 Wheeler, offering seating for two in an open cockpit. Its powertrain and chassis are described as “highly responsive,” with an innovative rear-wheel steering system that enhances its turning capabilities. This steering system can be manually controlled, providing a sense of accomplishment when developing new driving skills. Yamaha emphasizes that, while modern mobility is shifting toward automated driving, it’s returning to basics to bring unfiltered joy to urban mobility.
The Yamaha Tricera is not expected to become a production model, but Yamaha has a history of exploring vehicles with more than two wheels. In 1992, they introduced the OX99-11, a two-seat sports car with a 298kW V12 engine. Yamaha has also collaborated with Toyota to convert the Lexus RC F’s 5.0-liter V8 into a hydrogen combustion engine, which has the potential to significantly reduce the net carbon emissions of conventional engines. Additionally, Yamaha has converted a YXZ1000R buggy to run on hydrogen, aiming to preserve the unique appeal of combustion engines, including their sound and feel, well into the future.
This move aligns with Yamaha’s pursuit of “unfiltered joy” in the world of urban mobility, showcasing their commitment to innovative powertrains and unconventional driving experiences.