Yamaha and Toyota have a history of working together, and it appears that the two Japanese industry heavyweights want to keep their relationships strong in the near future. Many automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts would be familiar with the Lexus LFA, a stunning sports car with a resonant V10 engine that Yamaha helped design.
In more recent news, Yamaha and Toyota have announced that they would collaborate once more on a project that aims to balance performance with sustainability, two concepts that seem to contradict one another when it comes to the future of transportation. In order to do this, Toyota Motor Corporation has contracted Yamaha Motor to develop a 5.0-liter V8 engine for automobiles that only uses hydrogen. Toyota will soon begin collaborating with other auto-related businesses in Japan to expand the range of fuel options for internal combustion engines.
Major players in the car and motorbike industries announced coordinated study in November 2021 into new methods for expanding the variety of fuel sources for internal combustion engines to attain carbon neutrality. Yamaha, Mazda, Toyota, Subaru, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries were some of these companies. The V8 hydrogen engine, which Yamaha designed for Toyota, was unveiled at the same time as the announcement.
With changes to the injectors, cylinder heads, and intake manifold, the 5.0-liter engine from the Lexus RC F premium performance coupe can generate up to 450 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and a maximum of 771 ft-lbs of torque at 3,600 rpm. Yamaha and Kawasaki have also teamed together in the motorcycle industry and have a head start when it comes to hydrogen powertrains.