555TES Minute S is Best Thing at Tokyo's 2013 Auto Salon (w/ video)
This little bit of automotive nirvana is the 555TES Minute S. Powered by one of Yamaha’s high-revving 250 cc motorcycle/ATV engines coupled to Toyota’s Aqua hybrid drive system, the tiny commuter promises some seriously fun urban commuting.
Despite looking for all the world like one of those dynamically flawed 3-wheeled, motorcycle-tired fail-machines (I’m looking at you, Can-Am), the 555TES actually has 4 fat, square-section automotive tires to equalize contact patches front and rear and ensure maximum grip. Like a go-kart, the low-weight/high-grip formula is one that’s sure to thrill … and, with an EV-only mode and tiny footprint, it might be eligible for a SUICA card.
Translation: you can take it on the subway. Can I get a “F@#$ yeah!”?
There is almost no chance that this super-awesome little runabout will make its way to the US, despite the continued presence of awful 3 wheelers sucking up tax credits and
pathetic suckers’ investors’ dollars. It’s too bad, and a genuine loss for America’s car culture.
Here is the 555TES, on video, in motion, NOT vaporware. Try to enjoy the video, below, without shedding manly tears.
Source: 555TES, via the Truth About Cars.