December 6, 2022

Toyota has commissioned Yamaha to provide a hydrogen-fuelled V8 based mostly on the 5.0-litre engine within the Lexus RC F. Does this imply inside combustion can stay on?  

Let’s face it, should you’re studying this, likelihood is you’re a petrolhead. Whereas an electrical automobile future is imminent, there’s a glimmer of hope for us petrolheads who love the sound of an engine. Toyota has commissioned Yamaha to switch the 5.0-litre petrol engine discovered within the Lexus RC F and permit for a hydrogen-fuelled V8 motor to take its place.

For this to work, the engine’s gasoline injectors, cylinder heads and consumption manifold have all been modified to permit it to run on compressed hydrogen. The perfect bit? Have a peep on the attractive 8-1 exhaust manifold, which is alleged to provide a novel harmonic sound.

The outcome? Energy figures are nearly an identical to that of the petrol-powered automobile (which you’ll be able to learn our evaluate of right here), producing some 444bhp at 6,800rpm and 398lb ft of torque at 3,600rpm.

“We’re working towards attaining carbon neutrality by 2050,” defined Yamaha Motor president Yoshihiro Hidaka.

He went on to say: “Hydrogen engines home the potential to be carbon-neutral whereas retaining our ardour for the inner combustion engine alive on the similar time. Teaming up with corporations with totally different company cultures and areas of experience in addition to rising the variety of companions we have now is how we wish to paved the way into the longer term.”

The information of a hydrogen-fuelled V8 engine kinds a part of a wider collaboration between Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru Company, Toyota Motor Company, Mazda Motor Company, and Yamaha Motor, who introduced final November could be working in direction of increasing the vary of gasoline choices for inside combustion engines within the quest for carbon neutrality.

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What’s extra, Yamaha isn’t simply thinking about persevering with the life cycle of the inner combustion engine by hydrogen, it’s within the acoustics that go hand in hand with it. “It is a problem we are able to sink our tooth into as engineers and I personally wish to pursue not simply efficiency but additionally a brand new attract for the inner combustion engine that the world has but to see,” says Takeshi Yamada from Yamaha’s R&D facility.

Yamaha boss Hikada defined, “‘Motor’ is in our firm title, and we accordingly have a robust ardour for and degree of dedication to the inner combustion engine.”