We’ve covered a lot of motorcycle powered cars on The Kneeslider but here’s one I’ve missed made by the Malone Car Company. These 3 wheelers are powered by a variety of motorcycle engines and this listing on ebay caught my eye. It’s called the Malone Skunk Max powered by a Yamaha Vmax.
The Malone Car company is a small firm located in England started in 1997 by Jon Malone. Their first prototype was powered by a Yamaha XJ 650cc which yielded performance of 0 to 60mph: 5.9secs. 0 to 100mph: 12.3 secs. and a top speed: 124mph. I would imagine the Vmax engine could do considerably better.
The Yamaha Vmax engine is one of my personal favorites, it has the right sound to go along with great power output and putting that engine in a 3 wheeler just seems so natural. I’m not aware of any other motorcycle powered cars using it. I wonder why that is. Current motorcycle engines put out more horsepower than the Vmax these days which may be the reason but with lots of interesting power adders available, superchargers for instance, this combination would make huge power and sound right, too. Interesting.