Tuesday, August 3, 2021
News Yamaha Is Looking For Buyers For Its 496HP Electric Motor

Yamaha Is Looking For Buyers For Its 496HP Electric Motor

Yamaha is no stranger to building engines for other brands – this is a natural evolution of its business plan


  • The unit is extremely compact.

  • If you like, Yamaha will aid in building a prototype.

  • The company also develops motors for personal mobility vehicles.


Yamaha has been a not-so-secret supplier of engines for various automakers for decades. Some of its most famous “customers” were the 1967 Toyota 2000GT, the Ford Taurus SHO, and the Volvo XC90’s V8 from the mid-2000s. As automakers are making the shift to EVs, so is Yamaha and it’s developed a super-car-motivating electric motor.

Yamaha Hyper EV Motor | Photo: Yamaha

Yamaha’s been working on electric motors for about a year. They’ve created electric motors that produce between 47 and 268 horsepower. The lower output ones are slated for use in personal mobility vehicles such as motorcycles. This latest mill isn’t aimed for “regular” use.

According to Autoblog, these compact 800-volt units produce no less than 496 horsepower. This motor was designed specifically for hypercar applications as, when two motors are assembled on a platform for AWD, total system output closes in on 1,000 horsepower. Another advantage to the units is that they are compact as they feature both the gear and inverter.

The cool part, if you will, is that Yamaha it’s willing to accept commissions to build a prototype using their motor. Given Yamaha’s experience with performance cars such as the Lotus Elise and Lexus LFA, we hope someone gives Yamaha a chance to build a hypercar.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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