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Yamaha R3 Turbo prototype from Italy aims to be a road legal machine

Yamaha R3 Turbo prototype

The creator says that the turbocharged R3 can take on a race track and also can be homologated for road use.

This Yamaha R3 Turbo experimental prototype was built by popular Italian motorcycle tuner Nicola Bragagnolo. The objective of the project is to create a road legal motorcycle with performance credentials matching that of a Moto3 race bike. All this under a price of 10,000 euros (around INR 7 lakhs).

The turbocharged prototype is claimed to have a several hand built custom components. The forced induction is facilitated by a small IHI RHB31 turbocharger. The overall setup is tuned to deliver 60 PS at 10,000 rpm as against the stock bike’s 42 PS at 10,750 rpm. The torque figure is not released. The custom made ECU can squeeze more power out of the same setup but 60 PS limit is arrived at by prioritizing durability for road use.

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The IHI RHB31 turbocharger operates under 0.7 bar of pressure.

The stripped down prototype employs a custom exhaust system with the turbocharger located below the radiator. The performance figures of the motorcycle has not been revealed yet but the creator claims that it varies depending on the gear ratios used.

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The Yamaha R3 Turbo prototype could be used as a base for the development of standard formula for the new turbocharged 300 cc category for the Italian CIV (Campionato Italiano Velocità) National Motorcycle Championship.

Yamaha R3 Turbo prototype – Photos

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