Yamaha XT H2O: Virtual stew with water-steam

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

Yamaha XT H2O Concept

Yamaha XT H2O Concept

Yamaha XT H2O Concept

Yamaha XT H2O Concept

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Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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Maxime Lefebvre is a motorcycle designer. For a thesis, he designed a modern Yamaha XT 500 that is powered by pure water power.

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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The French call his design Yamaha XT H2O.

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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The engine in the form of a V2 hangs in an L-shaped frame.

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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The rear wheel is guided by a single swing arm.

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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The front wheel is in a Hossack fork.

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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The engine is shown in great detail, but the working principle remains in the dark.

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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The XT H20 should feel just as comfortable off-road …

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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… like on the street.

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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It should have the same lightness and versatility as an XT 500.

Yamaha XT H2O Concept
Maxime Lefebvre

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Maxime Lefebvre has even drawn a special model.

Yamaha XT H2O

Virtual stew with water-steam

Maxime Lefebvre is a motorcycle designer. For a thesis, he designed a modern Yamaha XT 500 in 2016, which is powered by pure water power.

The Frenchman Lefebvre is a designer and has already worked in the two-wheeler industry for Peugeot and Yamaha. He is currently employed at Kiska-Design, where the design of the current KTM motorcycles is also created. During his time at Yamaha, with the support of the Japanese design department, he developed a futuristic concept for a new one for his thesis Yamaha XT 500 drawn.

The XT 500 was simple but robustly built, mastered both asphalt under its wheels and light terrain and was relatively light. The same lightness and versatility should also characterize the design of the Yamaha XT H2O. Its appearance is correspondingly minimalist.

Water pressure as a drive


Maxime Lefebvre

The front wheel is guided by a fork according to the Hossack principle, the rear wheel hangs on a single-sided swing arm. Both rims are transparent. Disc brakes are used to decelerate – double at the front and single at the rear. The central element of the XT H2O is the water motor suspended in an L-shaped frame, which is similar in its design to a V2 leaning forward. In this, pure water is kept in circulation with a pump. The exact working principle remains in the dark. But its environmental friendliness is beyond question. What is clear, however, is that power is also transmitted to the rear wheel via water pressure.

Conclusion

A real successor to an XT 500 is long overdue. And if it could only run on water in an environmentally friendly way – that would be a real hammer. So far it’s just a designer’s dream.

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