Some Japanese car manufacturers are led by Toyota Last year it was clear that he stood by internal combustion enginesAnd now there’s something tangible that gives some credit for the reception. Toyota’s sporty eight-cylinder engine, which Yamaha converted to hydrogen.
The base was an eight-cylinder RC-F Coupe, which was reworked at Yamaha. The surprise is that without charging, 450 hp and 540 Nm of maximum torque were achieved, which is hardly different from the capabilities of the gasoline version – the latter with 473 hp and 527 Nm of maximum torque.
Whether Toyota or Yamaha has a specific plan for this engine is yet to be revealed. However, Yamaha president Yoshihiro Hidaka says they have been working with Kawasaki on developing hydrogen engines for five years and believe there is a future for the solution in motorcycles.
The potential of hydrogen internal combustion engines is still seriously debated around the world. Their potential success depends on a lot of factors, from the pace of charging network development to regulation – but Japanese manufacturers seem willing to commit resources to developing it, at least the V8 is a clear indication of that.
Yamaha, for the first time, is working with Toyota for the first time: the motorcycle manufacturer took part in the development of the old Toyota 2000 GT, introduced in 1967, and since then has helped develop more specifically Toyota sports engines. Perhaps the most famous of these is the VFA engine in the LFA sports car, but the 3S-GE four-cylinder engine has also been added to cheaper models on some versions of Yamaha’s technology such as the Celica and MR2.
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