Kamikaze attracts eye at auto show

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Martino and Miyata said the Kamikaze has been used as eye candy in the movie “The Fast and the Furious 3,” which has yet to be released. “The reaction we’ve had at the auto show is really good,” Martino said. “It just catches their eye. Some people have no clue what it is, and some know exactly what they are looking at.” Miyata said it was featured in the auto show under the category of “integrated performance vehicle.” “We tried to take the best attributes out of all different types of vehicles and put it all into one,” said Miyata, a self-described lifelong “gearhead” who loves working with engines. Miyata, 49, and Martino, 29, were both engineers who met seven years ago at Boeing Co. in the San Fernando Valley, where they specialized in laser systems. The Kamikaze is a prototype they plan to develop further and sell for about $80,000 under the Martino Motor Co. name. The company Web site is martinomotorcompany.com. Miyata said although the Kamikaze hasn’t been tested for maximum acceleration, he was expecting a zero-to-60-mph time of less than three seconds. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTLAKE VILLAGE – When Marc Martino takes his Kamikaze trike out for a spin around his home here, people follow him and often gather when he stops, asking “What the heck is that?” The high-performance vehicle created by Martino with the help of his friend, Gary Miyata of Simi Valley, has also been drawing crowds at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where it is on display through today in the Convention Center’s Kentia Hall. Martino said his Kamikaze is designed for fast acceleration – it weighs just 1,000 pounds but has 400 horsepower from a Suzuki Hayabusa engine. “It has the acceleration and power of the best motorcycles, but it brakes quicker and corners better,” said Martino, pointing out that it has one automobile tire in the back and two in the front for stability and traction. “We’re combining the best attributes of motorcycles and race cars.” last_img

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