More than just a motorcycle manufacturer, Yamaha has been involved in a variety of interesting projects over the past century. The company played a part in the creation of the first Japanese supercar, the iconic Toyota 2000GT; it was once the engine supplier for Ford, and even made an attempt at competing in Formula 1. Although the results weren’t so great for the latter, it did lead to the development of a new 3.5-litre V12 engine for the 1991 F1 season called the OX99, and a rather exotic-looking road-going supercar, the Yamaha OX99-11 V12.
A collaboration with British company IAD, the OX99-11 was powered by a V12 F1 engine and was able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching speeds of up to 350 km/h. Its curvy silhouette consisted of hand-made aluminium panels, while the cockpit featured a 1+1 ‘tandem’ seat layout and a stealthy-looking glass canopy with gull-wing doors. Sadly the project never reached production, and only three prototypes were ever built. Nearly 30 years later, Italian automotive designer Gaspere Conticelli recently brought the concept back into the spotlight — but with a contemporary twist.
Dubbed the OX-2020, the futuristic concept shown here does a great job of staying true to the aesthetics of the original supercar. Under its striking red paint, the body now sits lower and has a more aggressive feel overall. The intakes cut deeper, but it still retains the same four taillight design. Check out the video of the original OX99-11 below and try to decide which version you prefer.