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Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (ヤマハ発動機株式会社,Yamaha Hatsudōki Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles, marine products such as boats and outboard motors, and other motorized products. The company was established in 1955 upon separation from Yamaha Corporation (however, Yamaha Corporation is still the largest private company shareholder with 9.92%, as of 2019), and is headquartered in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan. The company conducts development, production and marketing operations through 109 consolidated subsidiaries as of 2012.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Native name
ヤマハ発動機株式会社
Yamaha Hatsudōki Kabushiki-gaisha
TypePublic
TYO: 7272
IndustryAutomotive
Founded1 May 1955; 67 years ago (1955-05-01)
FounderGenichi Kawakami
Headquarters,
Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Hiroyuki Yanagi (Chairman & Representative Director)
Yoshihiro Hidaka (President & Representative Director)
ProductsMotorcycles, commuter vehicles & scooters, recreational vehicles, boats, marine engines, snowmobiles, small tractors, personal watercraft, electrically power assisted bicycles, automobile engines, unmanned aerial vehicles, golf carts, cycling components
OwnersToyota (3.58%)
Number of employees
52,664 (as of December 31, 2014)
SubsidiariesMBK
Websiteglobal.yamaha-motor.com

Led by Genichi Kawakami, the company's founder and first president, Yamaha Motor began production of its first product, the YA-1, in 1955. The 125cc motorcycle won the 3rd Mount Fuji Ascent Race in its class.

The company's products include motorcycles, scooters, motorized bicycles, boats, sail boats, personal water craft, swimming pools, utility boats, fishing boats, outboard motors, 4-wheel ATVs, recreational off-road vehicles, go-kart engines, golf carts, multi-purpose engines, electrical generators, water pumps, snowmobiles, small snow throwers, automobile engines, surface mounters, intelligent machinery, industrial-use unmanned helicopters, electrical power units for wheelchairs and helmets. The company is also involved in the import and sales of various types of products, development of tourist businesses and management of leisure, recreational facilities and related services. Yamaha's motorcycle sales are the second largest in the world and Yamaha is the world leader in water vehicle sales.

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Beginnings: 1955

The motorcycle division of Yamaha was founded in 1955, being incorporated on 1 July 1955 in Japan, and was headed by Genichi Kawakami. Yamaha's initial product was a 125 cc (7.6 cu in) two-cycle, single cylinder motorcycle, the YA-1, which was a copy of the German DKW RT 125. The YA-1 was a competitive success at racing from the beginning, winning not only the 125cc class in the Mt. Fuji Ascent, but also sweeping the podium with first, second and third place in the All Japan Autobike Endurance Road Race that same year. Early success in racing set the tone for Yamaha, as competition in many varieties of motorcycle racing has been a key endeavor of the company throughout its history, often fueled by a strong rivalry with Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and other Japanese manufacturers.

Yamaha began competing internationally in 1956 when they entered the Catalina Grand Prix, again with the YA-1, at which they placed sixth. The YA-1 was followed by the YA-2 of 1957, another 125cc two stroke, but with significantly improved frame and suspension. The YD-1 of 1957 was a 250cc two-stroke twin cylinder motorcycle, resembling the YA-2, but with a larger and more powerful motor. A performance version of this bike, the YDS-1 housed the 250cc two-stroke twin in a double downtube cradle frame and offered the first five-speed transmission in a Japanese motorcycle. This period also saw Yamaha offer its first outboard marine engine.

Success and growth in the 1960s

By 1963 Yamaha's dedication to both the two-stroke engine and racing paid off with their first victory in international competition, at the Belgium GP, where they won the 250cc class. Success in sales was even more impressive, and Yamaha set up the first of its international subsidiaries in this period beginning with Thailand in 1964, and the Netherlands in 1968. 1965 saw the release of a 305cc two-stroke twin, the flagship of the company's lineup. It featured a separate oil supply which directly injected oil into the gasoline prior to combustion (traditionally riders had to pre-mix oil into gasoline together before filling the gas tank on two stroke engines). In 1967 a new larger displacement model was added to the range, the 350cc two stroke twin R-1.

In 1968 Yamaha launched their first four-stroke motorcycle, the XS-1. The Yamaha XS-1 was a 650cc four-stroke twin, a larger and more powerful machine that equaled the displacement and performance of the popular British bikes of the era, such as the Triumph Bonneville and BSA Gold Star. Yamaha continued on with both the two-stroke line and four-stroke twins at a time that other Japanese manufacturers were increasingly moving to four cylinder four-stroke machines, a trend led by Honda in 1969 with the legendary CB-750 four-stroke four-cylinder cycle.

Two stroke era begins: the 1970s

In the early 1970s, Yamaha added reed-valve induction to its previously piston-ported designs to produce the twin-cylinder RD and single-cylinder RS families, with variants in a number of capacities. There was a persistent, but apocryphal, rumour to the effect that "RD" indicated race developed. In fact, "R" appears to have indicated reed valved, "D" the twin (or double) cylinder models and "S" the single-cylinder models. The RD family would be developed through the 1970s and 1980s, gaining solid wheels, water-cooling, YPVS, and other newer technology 'til they had little in common with the original variants (before being supplanted by the TZR). The RS family was produced for many years in a large number of variants by Yamaha and then Escorts Limited in India without losing its resemblance to its progenitors. In addition to the RD and RS standards, Yamaha also manufactured small standards with stamped steel frames and rotary disc-valved motors such as the Yamaha FS1, and step-through V-50 and V-80 designs. Its Enduro trail bike was replaced by the DT models. Not until 1976 would Yamaha answer the other Japanese brands with a multi-cylinder four stroke of their own. The XS-750 (and later 850) a 750cc triple cylinder machine with shaft final drive was introduced almost seven years after Honda's breakthrough bike. Yamaha's first four-cylinder model, the XS-1100 followed in 1978, again with shaft drive. Despite being heavier and more touring oriented than its rivals it produced an impressive string of victories in endurance racing.

The 1970s also saw some of the first dedicated off-road bikes for off-road racing and recreation. Yamaha was an early innovator in dirt-bike technology, and introduced the first single-shock rear suspension, the trademarked "Monoshock" of 1973. It appeared in production on the 1974 Yamaha YZ-250, a model which is still in production, making it Yamaha's longest continuous model and name.

Yamaha continued racing throughout the 1960s and 1970s with increasing success in several formats. The decade of the 1970s was capped by the XT500 winning the first Paris-Dakar Rally in 1979.

1980s: diversification and innovation

Yamaha Motor's West Coast administrative headquarters in Cypress, California

By 1980 the combination of consumer preference and environmental regulation made four strokes increasingly popular. Suzuki ended production of their GT two stroke series, including the flagship water-cooled two-stroke 750cc GT-750 in 1977. Kawasaki, who had considerable success throughout the 1970s with their two-stroke triples of 250cc, 350cc, 500cc and 750cc ended production of road-going two strokes in 1980. Yamaha bucked this trend and continued to refine and sell two-strokes for the street into the 1980s. These bikes were performance oriented, water-cooled twin cylinder machines, designed to achieve excellent performance taking advantage of the lower weight of two strokes. The RZ-250 of 1980 was the progenitor of this series. The RZ-350, the largest displacement model, was a popular hot-rod bike of the 1980s and continued to be sold in some countries into the early 1990s.

Throughout the 1980s the motorcycle industry gradually went from building a few basic but versatile models designed to work well in many roles, to offering many more specialized machines designed to excel in particular niches. These included racing and performance street riding, touring, motocross racing, enduro and recreational off-road riding, and cruising. Yamaha branched out from the relatively small number of UJMs (Universal Japanese Motorcycle) at the start of the decade to a much larger set of offerings in several clearly defined markets at the end of the decade.

The XV750 of 1981 featured an air-cooled V-twin four-stroke engine and cruiser styling, and was one of the first Japanese cruiser style motorcycles. By the end of the 1980s Yamaha had offered dozens of cruiser styled bikes in a variety of displacements and engine configurations.

The RZV500 was one of the first "repli-racers", a near copy of Kenny Roberts competition GP bike, it featured a liquid-cooled two-stroke motor of 500cc displacement in a V4 configuration, along with a perimeter frame and full fairing.

A more popular and practical high-performance model for the street was introduced in 1985, the FZ750. It was an innovative 750cc four-stroke inline four cylinder model. It was the first motorcycle to feature a five-valve cylinder head, something Yamaha became well known for. It also featured a cylinder block canted forward at 45 degrees, and a box-section steel perimeter frame. Production of the FZ continued until 1991.

Another bike that was performance-oriented was the Yamaha RX-Z, introduced in 1985 as a two-stroke naked sport bike, related to the Yamaha RX-135 and Yamaha RD-135, borrowing its chassis and platform. Originally equipped with a five speed transmission and a solid front disc brake rotor with rear drum brakes, it was popular in Malaysia and Singapore. After a few years on the market, the engine was upgraded with the installation of a six-speed transmission, together with a newer instrument panel and handlebar switches, as well as a cross-drilled front disc brake rotor, while the rear remained with the drum brakes. The design was unchanged until it was updated in 2004, with the rear lights being borrowed by the Yamaha Y125Z and a new headlight. It was also installed with a catalytic converter, which reduced its horsepower to 19bhp. However, the maximum torque remained unchanged but the low-end torque was improved compared to the early models. Some owners of the earlier RX-Z motorcycles may have problems during take-off because the engine tends to stall when an inexperienced rider tries to take off in the first gear. However, the problem was resolved in the new model. In Malaysia, this bike was associated with street racers and was featured in many Malay movies. In 2011, after 26 years, it was discontinued.

The 1990s: Performance bikes and a spin-off brand

In 1998 Yamaha marketed a 1000cc four cylinder road bike called the YZF 'R1', this model introduced a new style of gearbox design which shortened the overall length of the motor/gearbox case, to allow a more compact unit. This, in turn allowed the motor to be placed in the frame further forward, designed to improve handling in a short wheel-based frame.

In 1995, Yamaha announced the creation of Star Motorcycles, a new brand name for its cruiser series of motorcycles in the American market. In other markets, Star motorcycles are still sold under the Yamaha brand. This was an attempt to create a brand identity more closely aligned with the cruiser market segment, one of the largest and most lucrative in the USA.

The 2000s: Expansion and consolidation

In 2007, Yamaha established the Philippine operations and distributes Yamaha motorcycles under the corporate name of Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc., one of more than 20 worldwide subsidiaries operating on all continents.

Yamaha XS650 vertical-twin

Yamaha purchased small engine maker Subaru Industrial Power Products from Subaru in October 2017. Subaru's engines powered lawnmowers, generators and water pumps and have since been rebranded as Yamaha.

Three-time Grand Championship winner Kenny Roberts at the 1981 German Grand Prix.

In motorcycle racing Yamaha has won 39 world championships, including seven in MotoGP and 10 in the preceding 500 cc two-stroke class, and one in World Superbike. In addition Yamaha have recorded 208 victories at the Isle of Man TT and head the list of victories at the Sidecar TT with 40. Past Yamaha riders include: Jarno Saarinen Giacomo Agostini, Bob Hannah, Heikki Mikkola, Bruce Anstey, Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Jeremy McGrath, Stefan Merriman, Dave Molyneux, Ian Hutchinson, Phil Read, Chad Reed, Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi.

Their 2022 MotoGP lineup consists of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, with Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Michael van der Mark in World Superbikes. Yamaha's Superbike World Championship team since 2016 has been delivered by Crescent Racing.

The Yamaha YZ450F won the AMA Supercross Championship two years in a row, in 2008 with Chad Reed, and 2009 James Stewart. Yamaha was the first to build a production monoshock motocross bike (1975 for 250 and 400, 1976 for 125) and one of the first to have a water-cooled motocross production bike (1977 in works bikes, 1981 in off-the-shelf bikes). Yamaha's first Motocross competition four-stroke bike, the YZ400F, won the 1998 USA outdoor national Championship with factory rider Doug Henry.

Since 1962, Yamaha made production road racing Grand Prix motorcycles that any licensed road racer could purchase. In 1970, non-factory privateer teams dominated the 250 cc World Championship with Great Britain's Rodney Gould winning the title on a Yamaha TD2.

Yamaha also sponsors several professional ATV riders in several areas of racing, such as cross country racing and motocross. Yamaha has had success in cross country with their YFZ450, ridden by Bill Ballance, winning 9 straight titles since 2000. Yamaha's other major rider, Traci Cecco, has ridden the YFZ450 to 7 titles, with the first in 2000. In ATV motocross, Yamaha has had success with Dustin Nelson and Pat Brown, both who race the YFZ450. Pat Brown's best season was a 3rd place title in 2007, while Nelson has had two 1st place titles in the Yamaha/ITP Quadcross, one in 2006 and the other in 2008.

Yamaha as a Formula One engine manufacturer
Formula One World Championship career
First entry1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry1997 European Grand Prix
Races entered130 (116 starts)
ChassisZakspeed, Brabham, Jordan, Tyrrell, Arrows
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories0
Podiums2
Points36
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0

Yamaha produced Formula One engines from 1989 to 1997 (with a one-year break in 1990), initially for the Zakspeed team, in 1991 for the Brabham BT60Y, in 1992 for the Jordan 192, from 1993 to 1996 for Tyrrell, and in 1997 for the Arrows A18. The Yamaha Engines never won a race (Damon Hill nearly did so at the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix), drivers including Damon Hill, Ukyo Katayama, Mark Blundell and Mika Salo scored some acceptable results with Blundell achieving a surprise 3rd place at the 1994 Spanish Grand Prix and Hill with 2nd at the aforementioned 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix, this partly was considered to be due to Yamaha collaborating with the John Judd Engine Organization to create a better and reliable engine however there were questions raised as to whether the Yamaha Engines used from 1993 until 1997 were just Judd engines with the Yamaha branding on top of this.

1994 was considered to be Yamaha's most successful year in terms of points accured, apart from the Podium achieved by Blundell in Spain the Yamaha engine in the Tyrrell Car achieved 4 Fifth Place finishes and 1 Sixth Place finish over the course of the season, However, due to the inconsistency of the engine over the years they were often unreliable and were usually regarded as not very powerful, the Yamaha powered engine never secured a Fastest Lap or Pole Position despite being on the grid for nearly a decade.

After the conclusion of the 1997 Formula One Season, Yamaha decided to pull out of the sport, a possible reason for this was due to a disagreement with Arrows regarding the 1998 engine's identification, Yamaha wished to carry out work on the engine with their engineers while Arrows wished for their own engineers to work on the engine instead while still having it badged as a Yamaha engine.

Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
1989 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 891 Yamaha OX88 3.5 V8 P BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Bernd Schneider Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ
Aguri Suzuki DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
1991 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT59Y
Brabham BT60Y
Yamaha OX99 3.5 V12 P USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 3 9th
Martin Brundle 11 12 11 EX Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 13 12 10 5 DNQ
Mark Blundell Ret Ret 8 Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 12 Ret Ret DNPQ 17
1992 Sasol Jordan Yamaha Jordan 192 Yamaha OX99 3.5 V12 G RSA MEX BRA ESP SMR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 1 11th
Stefano Modena DNQ Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 15 DNQ 13 7 6
Maurício Gugelmin 11 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 10 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret
1993 Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 020C
Tyrrell 021
Yamaha OX10A 3.5 V10 G RSA BRA EUR SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 0 NC
Ukyo Katayama Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 13 Ret 10 15 14 Ret Ret Ret
Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret Ret Ret DSQ 10 Ret 15 NC Ret 11 Ret 13 12 Ret 13
1994 Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 022 Yamaha OX10B 3.5 V10 G BRA PAC SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR JPN AUS 13 7th
Ukyo Katayama 5 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret
Mark Blundell Ret Ret 9 Ret 3 10 10 Ret Ret 5 5 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret
1995 Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 023 Yamaha OX10C 3.0 V10 G BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC JPN AUS 5 8th
Ukyo Katayama Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 10 Ret 14 Ret Ret
Gabriele Tarquini 14
Mika Salo 7 Ret Ret 10 Ret 7 15 8 Ret Ret 8 5 13 10 12 6 5
1996 Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 024 Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 G AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 5 8th
Ukyo Katayama 11 9 Ret DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 8 10 12 Ret
Mika Salo 6 5 Ret DSQ Ret 5 DSQ Ret 10 7 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret
1997 Danka Arrows Yamaha Arrows A18 Yamaha OX11C/D 3.0 V10 B AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR 9 8th
Damon Hill DNS 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 12 6 8 2 13 Ret 7 8 12 Ret
Pedro Diniz 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 13 5 13 Ret

Overview

Yamaha Motor is a highly diversified company which produces products for a large number of industries and consumer market segments:

Automobile engines

Yamaha-built DOHC V6 Ford Taurus SHO engine

Yamaha has built engines for other manufacturers' vehicles beginning with the development and production of the Toyota 2000GT (1967). The cylinder head from the Toyota 4A-GE engine was developed by Yamaha and built at Toyota's Shimayama plant alongside the 4A and 2A engines.

In 1984, executives of the Yamaha Motor Corporation signed a contract with the Ford Motor Company to develop, produce, and supply compact 60° 3.0 Liter DOHC V6 engines for transverse application for the 1989–95 Ford Taurus SHO. From 1993 to 1995, the SHO engine was produced in 3.0 and 3.2 Liter versions. Yamaha jointly designed the 3.4 Liter DOHC V-8 engine with Ford for the 1996–99 SHO. Ford and Yamaha also developed the Zetec-SE branded 4-cylinder engines used in several Ford cars like the small sports car Ford Puma.

From 2005 to 2010, Yamaha produced a 4.4 Litre V8 for Volvo. The B8444S engines were used in the XC90 and S80 models, whilst also adapted to 5.0L configuration for Volvo's foray into the V8 Supercars with the S60. British sportscar maker Noble also uses a bi-turbo version of the Volvo V8 in their M600.

All performance-oriented cylinder heads on Toyota/Lexus engines were designed and/or built by Yamaha. Some examples are the 1LR-GUE engine found on the 2010–2012 Lexus LFA, the 2UR-GSE found in Lexus ISF, the 3S-GTE engine found on the Toyota MR2 and Toyota Celica GT4/All-Trac, the 2ZZ-GE engine found on the 1999–2006 Toyota Celica GT-S and Lotus Elise Series 2, and the Toyota 4GR-FSE engine found on the Lexus IS250.

Yamaha also tunes engines for manufacturers, such as Toyota, so Yamaha logos are on Toyota S engines.

Yamaha also tried to produce a supercar in the 1990s, named the Yamaha OX99-11. It was made as a supercar to have an Yamaha Formula 1 engine as its powerplant and have Formula 1 technology in it. Even though their engines did not win a Grand Prix, by 1991 the team had produced a new engine, the OX99, and approached a German company to design an initial version of the car. Yamaha was not pleased with the result as it was too similar to sport cars of that time, so it contacted IAD to continue working on the project. By the beginning of 1992, just under 12 months after starting to work on the project, IAD came with an initial version of the car. The car's design was undertaken by Takuya Yura, and was originally conceived as a single seater; however, Yamaha requested a two-seater vehicle and a tandem seating arrangement was suggested which was in keeping with Yamaha's motorcycle expertise. This resulted in a radical and somewhat outrageous design based on Group C cars of the time, with features such as the cockpit-locking roof. It also shared the same chassis as the Formula 1 car, to try to give the consumer market a pure Formula 1 experience. Eventually disagreements with IAD over the budget made Yamaha take the project to its own Ypsilon Technology which was given six months to finish the project, otherwise it would be terminated. To make matters worse, Japan was in the midst of an economic downturn, which made Yamaha believe there would be no customers for the car, and so the project was cancelled in 1994 after many delays, with only 3 prototypes in existence.

Snowmobiles

Yamaha Phazer snowmobile

In 2007, Yamaha became the only snowmobile manufacturer to use a four-stroke only across its line-up (in the United States only – the VK 540 model remained available as a 2-stroke in other markets). Yamaha had introduced 4-strokes to their line-up in 2003 with the release of the RX-1. This 4 cylinder model became the first performance-oriented 4-stroke snowmobile on the market (it was not the first modern 4-stroke snowmobile produced - that honor belongs to Arctic Cat for their Yellowstone Special (released in 2000), which was designed as a rental sled that could meet Yellowstone National Park's stringent emission requirement). However, Yamaha received much criticism for its weight disadvantage when compared to similar 2-strokes, despite its fuel economy and low-range torque. Yamaha further used 4-stroke technology to introduce the 80FI engine equipped in the Phazer and Venture Lite models in order to provide small displacement, lower horsepower models marketed towards smaller riders. This engine had one of the highest specific output of any 4-stroke in production, with 160 HP/L. Yamaha achieves this even without the use of a forced induction system. Yamaha is also a key player in the "4-Stroke Wars", which are a series of advertisements from opponent Ski-Doo, who claim their E-Tec-equipped 2-strokes are still cleaner and more efficient than 4-strokes, while Yamaha claims the 4-strokes are cleaner and more reliable.

Yamaha also broke a multi-year absence from sno-cross in the winter of 2006/2007 with their introduction of a factory race team headed by former Arctic Cat racer Robbie Malinoski. Yamaha was the first brand to win with a 4-stroke snowmobile in a professional snowcross race during 2006 at the WPSA Snowcross Championship.

Current line-up

In a partnership with Arctic Cat (now owned by Textron), Yamaha Motor Company supplies the 1,050cc 3-cylinder (135+ HP) and 998cc 3-cylinder turbocharged (180+ HP) engines for use in a collaborative chassis sold under each brand name. While there are similarities between the respective manufacturers' models, small differences can be noted. SR Viper (Arctic Cat 7000-series equivalent) and SideWinder (Arctic Cat 9000-series equivalent) models are equipped with Yamaha clutches and changes to certain plastic body panels (such as the color, suspension set-up, windshield and intercooler housing on turbocharged models). The suspension layout, chassis, gauge package, and handlebar switchgear remain the same between both brand's snowmobiles. This partnership was established for the 2014 model year with the introduction of the 2014 SR Viper and Arctic Cat 7000-series line-up.

In 2017, Arctic Cat and Yamaha introduced the world's most powerful snowmobile engine with the release of the SideWinder and 9000-series line-ups. Historic "Japan Built" models (such as the Apex and RS Vector lineups) and most SR Viper models were removed from production to support the sale of "hold-over" units from previous models years at MSRP. This was a new move to the industry in order to support dealerships and sell the large number of previous model year snowmobiles that have remained unsold.

The lineup currently consists of the following:

Sidewinder SRX LE (Spring Order only)
Sidewinder LTX LE (Spring Order only), LTX SE (In-Season "Sport"), & LTX DX (In-Season "Comfort")
Sidewinder XTX LE (Spring Order only) & XTX SE (In-Season "Sport")
Sidewinder BTX LE (Spring Order only)
Sidewinder MTX LE (Spring Order only)
SR Viper LTX (In-Season)
VK 540 (In-Season)
Sno Scoot 120 & Sno Scoot 200

All-terrain vehicles (ATV) vehicles

  • Raptor 50
  • YFZ50 (2017– )
  • Tri-Zinger 60
  • 4-Zinger 60 (1986)
  • YT70
  • Badger 80
  • Moto-4 80
  • Grizzly 80
  • Raptor 80
  • Raptor 90 (2016– )
  • Champ 100
  • Breeze 125
  • Grizzly 125
  • Raptor 125
  • Tri Moto 125
  • Tri Moto 175
  • Blaster 200 (1988–2006)
  • Moto-4 200
  • Tri Moto 200
    • YFM200E "Yamahauler"
  • Moto-4 225
  • Tri Moto 225
  • Pro Hauler 230
  • BearTracker 250
  • Moto-4 250
  • Raptor 250R
  • Timberwolf 250
  • Tri-Z 250
  • Banshee 350 (1987–2008)
  • Big Bear 250
  • Big Bear 350
  • Grizzly 350
  • Moto 4 350
  • Raptor 350
  • Terrapro 350
  • Warrior 350
  • Bruin 350
  • Wolverine 350
  • Big Bear 400
  • Grizzly 400
  • Kodiak 400
  • Grizzly 450
  • Kodiak 450
  • YFZ450
  • Wolverine 450
  • Grizzly 550
  • Grizzly 600
  • Grizzly 660
  • Raptor 660R (2001–2005)
  • Grizzly 700
  • Kodiak 700
  • Raptor 700R (2006— )
  • YXZ1000R

Deltabox frame is an aluminum tubular frame for motorcycles of the Yamaha brand.

It was introduced on the Carlos Lavado and Martin Wimmer factory racers in Assen in 1985. The frame consisted of two triangle (delta) shaped pieces, assembled in a box shape (box). The frame was soon followed by other sporty Yamahas and was copied a lot by other brands.

In 1985, Suzuki introduced MR-ALbox (Multi Rib ALuminum BOX) which was aluminum frame for GSX-R 1100. Suzuki also introduced DC-Albox (Dual Cell ALuminum BOX). This frame showed multiple similarity with Deltabox. It was introduced to the market of Japan in 1989 the Suzuki 250 Wolf, in Europe with the Suzuki RGV250.

The Delta box II frame was introduced in 1998. This was the successor to Deltabox, presented on the Yamaha YZF-R1. Delta box II delivered an even greater rigidity and - on the R1 – allowing bigger curving angle and better trailing.

Delta box III was presented at the 2002 Yamaha YZF-R1. Delta box III was again 30% stiffer than Delta box II. There was an attached rear frame.

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Yamaha Motor Company Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Yamaha Motor Company Ltd This article is about the motorcycle division spun off from Yamaha Corporation For the original Yamaha see Yamaha Corporation Coordinates 34 43 29 N 137 52 38 E 34 7246951 N 137 8773371 E 34 7246951 137 8773371 Yamaha Motor Co Ltd ヤマハ発動機株式会社 Yamaha Hatsudōki Kabushiki gaisha is a Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles marine products such as boats and outboard motors and other motorized products The company was established in 1955 upon separation from Yamaha Corporation however Yamaha Corporation is still the largest private company shareholder with 9 92 as of 2019 1 and is headquartered in Iwata Shizuoka Japan The company conducts development production and marketing operations through 109 consolidated subsidiaries as of 2012 2 3 Yamaha Motor Co Ltd Native nameヤマハ発動機株式会社Romanized nameYamaha Hatsudōki Kabushiki gaishaTypePublicTraded asTYO 7272IndustryAutomotiveFounded1 May 1955 67 years ago 1955 05 01 FounderGenichi KawakamiHeadquartersIwata Shizuoka JapanArea servedWorldwideKey peopleHiroyuki Yanagi Chairman amp Representative Director Yoshihiro Hidaka President amp Representative Director ProductsMotorcycles commuter vehicles amp scooters recreational vehicles boats marine engines snowmobiles small tractors personal watercraft electrically power assisted bicycles automobile engines unmanned aerial vehicles golf carts cycling componentsOwnersToyota 3 58 Number of employees52 664 as of December 31 2014 SubsidiariesMBKWebsiteglobal wbr yamaha motor wbr com Led by Genichi Kawakami the company s founder and first president Yamaha Motor began production of its first product the YA 1 in 1955 The 125cc motorcycle won the 3rd Mount Fuji Ascent Race in its class The company s products include motorcycles scooters motorized bicycles boats sail boats personal water craft swimming pools utility boats fishing boats outboard motors 4 wheel ATVs recreational off road vehicles go kart engines golf carts multi purpose engines electrical generators water pumps snowmobiles small snow throwers automobile engines surface mounters intelligent machinery industrial use unmanned helicopters electrical power units for wheelchairs and helmets The company is also involved in the import and sales of various types of products development of tourist businesses and management of leisure recreational facilities and related services Yamaha s motorcycle sales are the second largest in the world 4 and Yamaha is the world leader in water vehicle sales 5 Contents 1 History 1 1 Beginnings 1955 1 2 Success and growth in the 1960s 1 3 Two stroke era begins the 1970s 1 4 1980s diversification and innovation 1 5 The 1990s Performance bikes and a spin off brand 1 6 The 2000s Expansion and consolidation 2 Motorcycle racing highlights 3 Formula One 3 1 Formula One World Championship results 4 Products 4 1 Overview 4 2 Automobile engines 4 3 Snowmobiles 4 3 1 Current line up 4 4 All terrain vehicles ATV vehicles 5 Deltabox frame 6 References 7 External linksHistory EditBeginnings 1955 Edit The motorcycle division of Yamaha was founded in 1955 being incorporated on 1 July 1955 in Japan 6 and was headed by Genichi Kawakami Yamaha s initial product was a 125 cc 7 6 cu in two cycle single cylinder motorcycle the YA 1 which was a copy of the German DKW RT 125 The YA 1 was a competitive success at racing from the beginning winning not only the 125cc class in the Mt Fuji Ascent but also sweeping the podium with first second and third place in the All Japan Autobike Endurance Road Race that same year 7 Early success in racing set the tone for Yamaha as competition in many varieties of motorcycle racing has been a key endeavor of the company throughout its history often fueled by a strong rivalry with Honda Suzuki Kawasaki and other Japanese manufacturers Yamaha began competing internationally in 1956 when they entered the Catalina Grand Prix again with the YA 1 at which they placed sixth The YA 1 was followed by the YA 2 of 1957 another 125cc two stroke but with significantly improved frame and suspension 8 The YD 1 of 1957 was a 250cc two stroke twin cylinder motorcycle resembling the YA 2 but with a larger and more powerful motor A performance version of this bike the YDS 1 housed the 250cc two stroke twin in a double downtube cradle frame and offered the first five speed transmission in a Japanese motorcycle 9 This period also saw Yamaha offer its first outboard marine engine Success and growth in the 1960s Edit By 1963 Yamaha s dedication to both the two stroke engine and racing paid off with their first victory in international competition at the Belgium GP where they won the 250cc class Success in sales was even more impressive and Yamaha set up the first of its international subsidiaries in this period beginning with Thailand in 1964 and the Netherlands in 1968 1965 saw the release of a 305cc two stroke twin the flagship of the company s lineup It featured a separate oil supply which directly injected oil into the gasoline prior to combustion traditionally riders had to pre mix oil into gasoline together before filling the gas tank on two stroke engines In 1967 a new larger displacement model was added to the range the 350cc two stroke twin R 1 In 1968 Yamaha launched their first four stroke motorcycle the XS 1 The Yamaha XS 1 was a 650cc four stroke twin a larger and more powerful machine that equaled the displacement and performance of the popular British bikes of the era such as the Triumph Bonneville and BSA Gold Star Yamaha continued on with both the two stroke line and four stroke twins at a time that other Japanese manufacturers were increasingly moving to four cylinder four stroke machines a trend led by Honda in 1969 with the legendary CB 750 four stroke four cylinder cycle Two stroke era begins the 1970s Edit In the early 1970s Yamaha added reed valve induction to its previously piston ported designs to produce the twin cylinder RD and single cylinder RS families with variants in a number of capacities There was a persistent but apocryphal rumour to the effect that RD indicated race developed In fact R appears to have indicated reed valved D the twin or double cylinder models and S the single cylinder models The RD family would be developed through the 1970s and 1980s gaining solid wheels water cooling YPVS and other newer technology til they had little in common with the original variants before being supplanted by the TZR The RS family was produced for many years in a large number of variants by Yamaha and then Escorts Limited in India without losing its resemblance to its progenitors In addition to the RD and RS standards Yamaha also manufactured small standards with stamped steel frames and rotary disc valved motors such as the Yamaha FS1 and step through V 50 and V 80 designs Its Enduro trail bike was replaced by the DT models Not until 1976 would Yamaha answer the other Japanese brands with a multi cylinder four stroke of their own The XS 750 and later 850 a 750cc triple cylinder machine with shaft final drive was introduced almost seven years after Honda s breakthrough bike Yamaha s first four cylinder model the XS 1100 followed in 1978 again with shaft drive 10 Despite being heavier and more touring oriented than its rivals it produced an impressive string of victories in endurance racing The 1970s also saw some of the first dedicated off road bikes for off road racing and recreation Yamaha was an early innovator in dirt bike technology and introduced the first single shock rear suspension the trademarked Monoshock of 1973 11 It appeared in production on the 1974 Yamaha YZ 250 a model which is still in production making it Yamaha s longest continuous model and name Yamaha continued racing throughout the 1960s and 1970s with increasing success in several formats The decade of the 1970s was capped by the XT500 winning the first Paris Dakar Rally in 1979 12 1980s diversification and innovation Edit Yamaha Motor s West Coast administrative headquarters in Cypress California By 1980 the combination of consumer preference and environmental regulation made four strokes increasingly popular Suzuki ended production of their GT two stroke series including the flagship water cooled two stroke 750cc GT 750 in 1977 Kawasaki who had considerable success throughout the 1970s with their two stroke triples of 250cc 350cc 500cc and 750cc ended production of road going two strokes in 1980 Yamaha bucked this trend and continued to refine and sell two strokes for the street into the 1980s These bikes were performance oriented water cooled twin cylinder machines designed to achieve excellent performance taking advantage of the lower weight of two strokes The RZ 250 of 1980 13 was the progenitor of this series The RZ 350 the largest displacement model was a popular hot rod bike of the 1980s and continued to be sold in some countries into the early 1990s Throughout the 1980s the motorcycle industry gradually went from building a few basic but versatile models designed to work well in many roles to offering many more specialized machines designed to excel in particular niches These included racing and performance street riding touring motocross racing enduro and recreational off road riding and cruising Yamaha branched out from the relatively small number of UJMs Universal Japanese Motorcycle at the start of the decade to a much larger set of offerings in several clearly defined markets at the end of the decade The XV750 of 1981 featured an air cooled V twin four stroke engine and cruiser styling and was one of the first Japanese cruiser style motorcycles By the end of the 1980s Yamaha had offered dozens of cruiser styled bikes in a variety of displacements and engine configurations The RZV500 was one of the first repli racers a near copy of Kenny Roberts competition GP bike it featured a liquid cooled two stroke motor of 500cc displacement in a V4 configuration along with a perimeter frame and full fairing 14 A more popular and practical high performance model for the street was introduced in 1985 the FZ750 It was an innovative 750cc four stroke inline four cylinder model It was the first motorcycle to feature a five valve cylinder head something Yamaha became well known for It also featured a cylinder block canted forward at 45 degrees and a box section steel perimeter frame Production of the FZ continued until 1991 Another bike that was performance oriented was the Yamaha RX Z introduced in 1985 as a two stroke naked sport bike related to the Yamaha RX 135 and Yamaha RD 135 borrowing its chassis and platform Originally equipped with a five speed transmission and a solid front disc brake rotor with rear drum brakes it was popular in Malaysia and Singapore After a few years on the market the engine was upgraded with the installation of a six speed transmission together with a newer instrument panel and handlebar switches as well as a cross drilled front disc brake rotor while the rear remained with the drum brakes The design was unchanged until it was updated in 2004 with the rear lights being borrowed by the Yamaha Y125Z and a new headlight It was also installed with a catalytic converter which reduced its horsepower to 19bhp However the maximum torque remained unchanged but the low end torque was improved compared to the early models Some owners of the earlier RX Z motorcycles may have problems during take off because the engine tends to stall when an inexperienced rider tries to take off in the first gear However the problem was resolved in the new model In Malaysia this bike was associated with street racers and was featured in many Malay movies In 2011 after 26 years it was discontinued The 1990s Performance bikes and a spin off brand Edit In 1998 Yamaha marketed a 1000cc four cylinder road bike called the YZF R1 this model introduced a new style of gearbox design which shortened the overall length of the motor gearbox case to allow a more compact unit This in turn allowed the motor to be placed in the frame further forward designed to improve handling in a short wheel based frame 15 In 1995 Yamaha announced the creation of Star Motorcycles a new brand name for its cruiser series of motorcycles in the American market In other markets Star motorcycles are still sold under the Yamaha brand This was an attempt to create a brand identity more closely aligned with the cruiser market segment one of the largest and most lucrative in the USA The 2000s Expansion and consolidation Edit In 2007 Yamaha established the Philippine operations and distributes Yamaha motorcycles under the corporate name of Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc one of more than 20 worldwide subsidiaries operating on all continents Yamaha XS650 vertical twin Yamaha purchased small engine maker Subaru Industrial Power Products from Subaru in October 2017 Subaru s engines powered lawnmowers generators and water pumps and have since been rebranded as Yamaha Motorcycle racing highlights EditSee also Yamaha Motor Racing Three time Grand Championship winner Kenny Roberts at the 1981 German Grand Prix In motorcycle racing Yamaha has won 39 world championships including seven in MotoGP and 10 in the preceding 500 cc two stroke class and one in World Superbike In addition Yamaha have recorded 208 victories at the Isle of Man TT 16 and head the list of victories at the Sidecar TT with 40 16 Past Yamaha riders include Jarno Saarinen Giacomo Agostini Bob Hannah Heikki Mikkola Bruce Anstey Kenny Roberts Eddie Lawson Wayne Rainey Jeremy McGrath Stefan Merriman Dave Molyneux Ian Hutchinson Phil Read Chad Reed Ben Spies Jorge Lorenzo and nine time world champion Valentino Rossi Their 2022 MotoGP lineup consists of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael van der Mark in World Superbikes Yamaha s Superbike World Championship team since 2016 has been delivered by Crescent Racing 17 The Yamaha YZ450F won the AMA Supercross Championship two years in a row in 2008 with Chad Reed and 2009 James Stewart Yamaha was the first to build a production monoshock motocross bike 1975 for 250 and 400 1976 for 125 and one of the first to have a water cooled motocross production bike 1977 in works bikes 1981 in off the shelf bikes Yamaha s first Motocross competition four stroke bike the YZ400F won the 1998 USA outdoor national Championship with factory rider Doug Henry Since 1962 Yamaha made production road racing Grand Prix motorcycles that any licensed road racer could purchase In 1970 non factory privateer teams dominated the 250 cc World Championship with Great Britain s Rodney Gould winning the title on a Yamaha TD2 Yamaha also sponsors several professional ATV riders in several areas of racing such as cross country racing and motocross Yamaha has had success in cross country with their YFZ450 ridden by Bill Ballance winning 9 straight titles since 2000 Yamaha s other major rider Traci Cecco has ridden the YFZ450 to 7 titles with the first in 2000 In ATV motocross Yamaha has had success with Dustin Nelson and Pat Brown both who race the YFZ450 Pat Brown s best season was a 3rd place title in 2007 while Nelson has had two 1st place titles in the Yamaha ITP Quadcross one in 2006 and the other in 2008 Formula One EditYamaha as a Formula One engine manufacturerFormula One World Championship careerFirst entry1989 Brazilian Grand PrixLast entry1997 European Grand PrixRaces entered130 116 starts ChassisZakspeed Brabham Jordan Tyrrell ArrowsConstructors Championships0Drivers Championships0Race victories0Podiums2Points36Pole positions0Fastest laps0 Yamaha produced Formula One engines from 1989 to 1997 with a one year break in 1990 initially for the Zakspeed team in 1991 for the Brabham BT60Y in 1992 for the Jordan 192 from 1993 to 1996 for Tyrrell and in 1997 for the Arrows A18 The Yamaha Engines never won a race Damon Hill nearly did so at the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix drivers including Damon Hill Ukyo Katayama Mark Blundell and Mika Salo scored some acceptable results with Blundell achieving a surprise 3rd place at the 1994 Spanish Grand Prix and Hill with 2nd at the aforementioned 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix this partly was considered to be due to Yamaha collaborating with the John Judd Engine Organization to create a better and reliable engine however there were questions raised as to whether the Yamaha Engines used from 1993 until 1997 were just Judd engines with the Yamaha branding on top of this 1994 was considered to be Yamaha s most successful year in terms of points accured apart from the Podium achieved by Blundell in Spain the Yamaha engine in the Tyrrell Car achieved 4 Fifth Place finishes and 1 Sixth Place finish over the course of the season However due to the inconsistency of the engine over the years they were often unreliable and were usually regarded as not very powerful the Yamaha powered engine never secured a Fastest Lap or Pole Position despite being on the grid for nearly a decade After the conclusion of the 1997 Formula One Season Yamaha decided to pull out of the sport a possible reason for this was due to a disagreement with Arrows regarding the 1998 engine s identification Yamaha wished to carry out work on the engine with their engineers while Arrows wished for their own engineers to work on the engine instead while still having it badged as a Yamaha engine Formula One World Championship results Edit key Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC1989 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 891 Yamaha OX88 3 5 V8 P BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC Bernd Schneider Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ Aguri Suzuki DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ1991 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT59Y Brabham BT60Y Yamaha OX99 3 5 V12 P USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 3 9th Martin Brundle 11 12 11 EX Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 13 12 10 5 DNQ Mark Blundell Ret Ret 8 Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 12 Ret Ret DNPQ 171992 Sasol Jordan Yamaha Jordan 192 Yamaha OX99 3 5 V12 G RSA MEX BRA ESP SMR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 1 11th Stefano Modena DNQ Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 15 DNQ 13 7 6 Mauricio Gugelmin 11 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 10 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret1993 Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 020C Tyrrell 021 Yamaha OX10A 3 5 V10 G RSA BRA EUR SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 0 NC Ukyo Katayama Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 13 Ret 10 15 14 Ret Ret Ret Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret Ret Ret DSQ 10 Ret 15 NC Ret 11 Ret 13 12 Ret 131994 Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 022 Yamaha OX10B 3 5 V10 G BRA PAC SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR JPN AUS 13 7th Ukyo Katayama 5 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Mark Blundell Ret Ret 9 Ret 3 10 10 Ret Ret 5 5 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret1995 Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 023 Yamaha OX10C 3 0 V10 G BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC JPN AUS 5 8th Ukyo Katayama Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 10 Ret 14 Ret Ret Gabriele Tarquini 14 Mika Salo 7 Ret Ret 10 Ret 7 15 8 Ret Ret 8 5 13 10 12 6 51996 Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 024 Yamaha OX11A 3 0 V10 G AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 5 8th Ukyo Katayama 11 9 Ret DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 8 10 12 Ret Mika Salo 6 5 Ret DSQ Ret 5 DSQ Ret 10 7 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret1997 Danka Arrows Yamaha Arrows A18 Yamaha OX11C D 3 0 V10 B AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR 9 8th Damon Hill DNS 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 12 6 8 2 13 Ret 7 8 12 Ret Pedro Diniz 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 13 5 13 RetProducts EditSee also List of Yamaha motorcycles Overview Edit Yamaha Motor is a highly diversified company which produces products for a large number of industries and consumer market segments Motorcycles Sport bikes Star Cruiser bikes trail bikes road racers and motocross racers Commuter vehicles including scooters Recreational vehicles All terrain vehicles and snowmobiles Boats Powerboats sailboats e g Yamaha 26 a sailboat produced in the 1970s utility boats and custom boats Marine engines Outboard motors electric marine motors marine diesel engines and stern drives 18 Personal watercraft see WaveRunner Electric bicycles Automobile engines Industrial use unmanned helicopters Golf cars Power products generators multipurpose engines water pumps and snow throwers Swimming pools watersliders and pool related equipment Intelligent machinery including compact industrial robots Electric wheelchairs and wheelchair electric drive units Yamaha parts and accessories apparel cycle helmets and motor oil 19 Industrial robots and surface mounters 20 Automobile engines Edit Yamaha built DOHC V6 Ford Taurus SHO engine Yamaha has built engines for other manufacturers vehicles beginning with the development and production of the Toyota 2000GT 1967 The cylinder head from the Toyota 4A GE engine was developed by Yamaha and built at Toyota s Shimayama plant alongside the 4A and 2A engines 21 In 1984 executives of the Yamaha Motor Corporation signed a contract with the Ford Motor Company to develop produce and supply compact 60 3 0 Liter DOHC V6 engines for transverse application for the 1989 95 Ford Taurus SHO 22 23 From 1993 to 1995 the SHO engine was produced in 3 0 and 3 2 Liter versions Yamaha jointly designed the 3 4 Liter DOHC V 8 engine with Ford for the 1996 99 SHO Ford and Yamaha also developed the Zetec SE branded 4 cylinder engines used in several Ford cars like the small sports car Ford Puma From 2005 to 2010 Yamaha produced a 4 4 Litre V8 for Volvo The B8444S engines were used in the XC90 and S80 models whilst also adapted to 5 0L configuration for Volvo s foray into the V8 Supercars with the S60 British sportscar maker Noble also uses a bi turbo version of the Volvo V8 in their M600 All performance oriented cylinder heads on Toyota Lexus engines were designed and or built by Yamaha Some examples are the 1LR GUE engine found on the 2010 2012 Lexus LFA the 2UR GSE found in Lexus ISF the 3S GTE engine found on the Toyota MR2 and Toyota Celica GT4 All Trac the 2ZZ GE engine found on the 1999 2006 Toyota Celica GT S and Lotus Elise Series 2 and the Toyota 4GR FSE engine found on the Lexus IS250 24 Yamaha also tunes engines for manufacturers such as Toyota so Yamaha logos are on Toyota S engines 25 Yamaha also tried to produce a supercar in the 1990s named the Yamaha OX99 11 It was made as a supercar to have an Yamaha Formula 1 engine as its powerplant and have Formula 1 technology in it Even though their engines did not win a Grand Prix by 1991 the team had produced a new engine the OX99 and approached a German company to design an initial version of the car Yamaha was not pleased with the result as it was too similar to sport cars of that time so it contacted IAD to continue working on the project By the beginning of 1992 just under 12 months after starting to work on the project IAD came with an initial version of the car The car s design was undertaken by Takuya Yura and was originally conceived as a single seater however Yamaha requested a two seater vehicle and a tandem seating arrangement was suggested which was in keeping with Yamaha s motorcycle expertise This resulted in a radical and somewhat outrageous design based on Group C cars of the time with features such as the cockpit locking roof It also shared the same chassis as the Formula 1 car to try to give the consumer market a pure Formula 1 experience Eventually disagreements with IAD over the budget made Yamaha take the project to its own Ypsilon Technology which was given six months to finish the project otherwise it would be terminated To make matters worse Japan was in the midst of an economic downturn which made Yamaha believe there would be no customers for the car and so the project was cancelled in 1994 after many delays with only 3 prototypes in existence Snowmobiles Edit Yamaha Phazer snowmobile In 2007 Yamaha became the only snowmobile manufacturer to use a four stroke only across its line up in the United States only the VK 540 model remained available as a 2 stroke in other markets Yamaha had introduced 4 strokes to their line up in 2003 with the release of the RX 1 This 4 cylinder model became the first performance oriented 4 stroke snowmobile on the market it was not the first modern 4 stroke snowmobile produced that honor belongs to Arctic Cat for their Yellowstone Special released in 2000 which was designed as a rental sled that could meet Yellowstone National Park s stringent emission requirement However Yamaha received much criticism for its weight disadvantage when compared to similar 2 strokes despite its fuel economy and low range torque Yamaha further used 4 stroke technology to introduce the 80FI engine equipped in the Phazer and Venture Lite models in order to provide small displacement lower horsepower models marketed towards smaller riders This engine had one of the highest specific output of any 4 stroke in production with 160 HP L Yamaha achieves this even without the use of a forced induction system Yamaha is also a key player in the 4 Stroke Wars which are a series of advertisements from opponent Ski Doo who claim their E Tec equipped 2 strokes are still cleaner and more efficient than 4 strokes while Yamaha claims the 4 strokes are cleaner and more reliable Yamaha also broke a multi year absence from sno cross in the winter of 2006 2007 with their introduction of a factory race team headed by former Arctic Cat racer Robbie Malinoski Yamaha was the first brand to win with a 4 stroke snowmobile in a professional snowcross race during 2006 at the WPSA Snowcross Championship Current line up Edit In a partnership with Arctic Cat now owned by Textron Yamaha Motor Company supplies the 1 050cc 3 cylinder 135 HP and 998cc 3 cylinder turbocharged 180 HP engines for use in a collaborative chassis sold under each brand name While there are similarities between the respective manufacturers models small differences can be noted SR Viper Arctic Cat 7000 series equivalent and SideWinder Arctic Cat 9000 series equivalent models are equipped with Yamaha clutches and changes to certain plastic body panels such as the color suspension set up windshield and intercooler housing on turbocharged models The suspension layout chassis gauge package and handlebar switchgear remain the same between both brand s snowmobiles This partnership was established for the 2014 model year with the introduction of the 2014 SR Viper and Arctic Cat 7000 series line up In 2017 Arctic Cat and Yamaha introduced the world s most powerful snowmobile engine with the release of the SideWinder and 9000 series line ups Historic Japan Built models such as the Apex and RS Vector lineups and most SR Viper models were removed from production to support the sale of hold over units from previous models years at MSRP This was a new move to the industry in order to support dealerships and sell the large number of previous model year snowmobiles that have remained unsold The lineup currently consists of the following Sidewinder SRX LE Spring Order only Sidewinder LTX LE Spring Order only LTX SE In Season Sport amp LTX DX In Season Comfort Sidewinder XTX LE Spring Order only amp XTX SE In Season Sport Sidewinder BTX LE Spring Order only Sidewinder MTX LE Spring Order only SR Viper LTX In Season VK 540 In Season Sno Scoot 120 amp Sno Scoot 200 All terrain vehicles ATV vehicles Edit Raptor 50 YFZ50 2017 Tri Zinger 60 4 Zinger 60 1986 YT70 Badger 80 Moto 4 80 Grizzly 80 Raptor 80 Raptor 90 2016 Champ 100 Breeze 125 Grizzly 125 Raptor 125 Tri Moto 125 Tri Moto 175 Blaster 200 1988 2006 Moto 4 200 Tri Moto 200 YFM200E Yamahauler Moto 4 225 Tri Moto 225 Pro Hauler 230 BearTracker 250 Moto 4 250 Raptor 250R Timberwolf 250 Tri Z 250 Banshee 350 1987 2008 Big Bear 250 26 Big Bear 350 Grizzly 350 Moto 4 350 Raptor 350 Terrapro 350 Warrior 350 Bruin 350 Wolverine 350 Big Bear 400 Grizzly 400 Kodiak 400 Grizzly 450 Kodiak 450 YFZ450 Wolverine 450 Grizzly 550 Grizzly 600 Grizzly 660 Raptor 660R 2001 2005 Grizzly 700 Kodiak 700 Raptor 700R 2006 YXZ1000RDeltabox frame EditDeltabox frame is an aluminum tubular frame for motorcycles of the Yamaha brand It was introduced on the Carlos Lavado and Martin Wimmer factory racers in Assen in 1985 The frame consisted of two triangle delta shaped pieces assembled in a box shape box The frame was soon followed by other sporty Yamahas and was copied a lot by other brands In 1985 Suzuki introduced MR ALbox Multi Rib ALuminum BOX which was aluminum frame for GSX R 1100 Suzuki also introduced DC Albox Dual Cell ALuminum BOX This frame showed multiple similarity with Deltabox It was introduced to the market of Japan in 1989 the Suzuki 250 Wolf in Europe with the Suzuki RGV250 The Delta box II frame was introduced in 1998 This was the successor to Deltabox presented on the Yamaha YZF R1 Delta box II delivered an even greater rigidity and on the R1 allowing bigger curving angle and better trailing Delta box III was presented at the 2002 Yamaha YZF R1 Delta box III was again 30 stiffer than Delta box II There was an attached rear frame References Edit Stock Information yamaha motor com Yamaha Motor Company Retrieved 29 January 2016 Yamaha Motor Establishes Highly Profitable Business Structure businesswire com 9 February 2017 Retrieved 2017 02 15 Yamaha Motor Establishes Highly Profitable Business Structure finance yahoo com Retrieved 2017 02 15 二輪車 バイク業界の動向 ランキング等を研究 業界動向サーチ Research on trends and rankings of motorcycles motorcycle industry industry trend search gyokai search com in Japanese Retrieved 11 November 2017 Yamaha marine business earns earnest and leverages motorcycle know how nikkei com 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