speed manual RWD
bhp @ 10,000 rpm
kg / 2535 lbs
Yamaha OX99-11 was a supercar designed by IAD, an English engineering
consultancy, and Yamaha subsidiary Ypsilon Technology.
While the Yamaha OX99-11 was originally slated to appear in
1994, the roots of the OX99-11 project began in 1989 when Yamaha
began competing in Formula One, later this spawned the desire
to create a supercar based on Formula One technology.
Despite the fact the Formula One team was less than competitive,
a new engine called the OX99 appeared in 1991, helping to give
the new car a name.
Yamaha initially approached a German company to come up with
some designs for the supercar. However Yamaha dismissed the
proposals as they were considered to similar to existing supercars.
IAD were at this point hired to continue work on the project.
In 1992 IAD came with an initial version of the OX99-11.
The new car featured an unusual and somewhat ugly design, features
like the prominent front spoiler, tandem seating, cockpit shaped
roof and protruding engine scoop stood out from other vehicles.
Other features of the car which were rather extreme included
the carbon fiber chassis and OX99 engine which were borrowed
from the F1 car.
Budget disagreements meant the Yamaha OX99-11 project was taken
from IAD and handed over to Ypsilon Technology, who were given
6 months to finish the project. A further blow to the project
was came in the form of a financial crisis which hit Japan and
it was decided that there wouldn't be enough buyers capable
of handing over the vast sums of money needed to buy the car.
In 1994 the Yamaha OX99-11 project was axed. By this point only
3 prototypes had been constructed.