The DRIVE® Gas Features & Benefits
Yamaha Built 357F Gasoline Engine
We’re the only golf car manufacturer that builds its own engines. At 357cc’s, producing 11.4 horsepower, it’s the industry’s most fuel efficient, with gas mileage that’s up to 30% better than our competition. It’s quiet, virtually vibration free, and has low emissions. If we’re going to build our own, it’s a good thing we’re Yamaha.
Filterless Oil System
Our Yamaha gasoline engines use a splash-style positive oil lubrication system that eliminates the need for an oil pump. And with no oil pump to protect, there’s no need for an oil filter. You save on maintenance, you don’t have to buy new filters, and you don’t have to figure out how to dispose of the old ones.
How do you make a chassis nearly 20% lighter and 2.5 times stronger? We mated an automotive, ladder-style, 100% robotically welded steel frame, protected by an 18-step paint process, to a polypropylene structural floor. It’s unique design provides added strength and protects the battery.
The auto industry spent a hundred years getting this right, so why not use it? We gave it four cup holders to hold different-size cups; a center storage area for wallets, cell phones, and personal items; six ball holders; six tee holders; and a big, easy-to-clean storage compartment on each side.
EnduraDrive™ Transaxle with Internal Disc Brake Technology
An industry first, inspired by the Yamaha ATV. A completely enclosed disc brake system that eliminates brake drums and shoes, needs only one brake cable, and is projected, based on extensive testing, to have an incredibly long life with essentially no maintenance.
Largest Most Comfortable Seat in the Industry
Deep, supportive contours are intended to help hold occupants in place while the car is moving. Designed to accommodate occupants of all different heights and sizes, it’s made of pure, supple foam bonded to a seamless, fabric-backed vinyl cover, and the polypropylene seat base is strengthened with plated steel inserts. Won’t sag or warp, stands up to repeated pressure washings, and remains the most comfortable seat in the business despite daily abuse.
ClimaGuard Top™ with Dual Gutters
Our top is wider and extends farther in the front for maximum occupant protection, and it’s longer in the rear to give maximum protection without interfering with the clubs. It has the only 360° double rain channel in the industry, and its integrated water drain system has an exclusive clog-proof design. It’s built for rattle-free stability and has integrated grab handles. So who’s afraid of a little rain?
Tru-Trak II™ Fully Independent Front Suspension
Notice how one tire stays firmly planted, even though the other adjusts to the terrain? That’s the fully independent suspension at work. We designed a maintenance-free suspension using automotive-style, coil-over-shock struts to minimize roll and deliver a smooth, comfortable ride. Sooner or later, some golfer will offer to trade his car for it.
Best Front & Rear Bumpers in the Industry
You know and we know: things happen out there. So we made our bumpers with thicker walls and textured surfaces to withstand mishaps. They’re the same height front and rear to minimize damage. They release air on impact; in fact, they’re 5 mph rated. And if worse comes to worst, you can replace them by removing only two bolts.
Sentry Wraparound Protection System™
The DRIVE® comes with 360° protection against scrapes, scratches, and bumps. Polypropylene side sills protect against side impacts. In the front and rear, energy-absorbing bumpers release air on impact to protect the body and frame while tires fill in the gaps. Hazards can approach from any angle. You’re covered.
Responsible Turning Radius
Steering and suspension have been designed to be geometrically correct which not only provides optimal turning radius but also helps protect turf.
Built-In Transaxle Protection
Sometimes work takes you off the beaten path so we designed our cast aluminum transaxle case with integrated impact protection to fend off the hazards that come from underneath.
Maintenance-Free Rack-and-Pinion Steering
Steering this nimble and responsive was once found only on high-performance sports cars. Our version is permanently greased with sealed bearings and is virtually maintenance free.
One-Piece Fender Well with Integrated Splash Guards
Inner fenders and splash guards are made of one-piece seamless plastic and are designed to keep mechanical and electrical components from getting wet. The rear wells include integrated mud flaps to keep occupants and golf bags from being splashed on.
Removable Floorboard Access Panel
Forget the floor jack for inspecting the brake and accelerator pedals. This access panel makes it easy. Integrated brushes prevent debris and foreign objects from entering.
Virtually Greaseless Chassis
Sealed bearings, automotive grade tie-rods and permanently lubricated steering components that never need greasing save you time and money. That’s smart design.
Best Occupant Space
Best window of entry and exit. Best leg space in the industry. Best foot space, rear body to pedal. Improved steering height and position. Improved seat height and position. Improved headroom. There’s no better space to occupy, take our word for it.
Largest Sweater Basket In The Industry
It’s 39% larger than our previous sweater basket, formed of heavy-gauge, vinyl-coated wire that won’t rust or corrode and won’t snag sweaters. It’s designed to be easily cleaned and won’t collect dirt or debris. And it comes with an integrated sand rake holder, standard. Who would have thought a sweater basket could generate so much excitement? Someone who cares about his sweater, that’s who.
Largest Bag Well / Bag Holder
It’s the biggest bag holder in the industry, but it has an especially low load-unload height and a wide, easy-to-use strap clip to hold two tournament-size bags securely in place while protecting body panels from scratches. It’s made of textured, scuff-resistant plastic and has a center divider to help keep bags from shifting. Top it all off with built-in drainage holes to keep bags dry and make cleaning easy.
Easy-To-Clean, Durable One-Piece Floor Mat
The point was to make it easy to clean. So we made it one piece, covering the floorboard and footrest area. We made it from durable, textured rubber to provide cushioned comfort for the occupants.
Premium Tread Tires
Check out the tread pattern on our four-ply tires. It’s designed to provide superior on-course performance while minimizing turf compaction, the perfect combination.
Easy-To-Clean Cup Holders
You know that really gross stuff that collects in the bottom of cup holders? We don’t have that. Our cup holders are built with drain holes that keep liquids and debris from accumulating. And they’re removable, so cleaning them is a snap.
Large Comfortable Armrest
Exactly how important is an armrest? Depends on whether it’s done right. Ours is strong, made of steel-reinforced, glass filled polypropylene. It’s larger and wider than previous models, but it doesn’t interfere with entry or exit. It’s substantial enough to provide comfort and security for the occupants—and if that’s not important, what is?
Largest Rear Access Panel
If you need to access the starter generator, governor and transaxle on the gas car, or the motor control unit and vital electrical components on the electric car, you have the advantage of the largest access panel in the business. Open it up and make it happen.
Easy-Grip Steering Wheel
It’s not just that it’s thick, contoured and textured for easy gripping. It’s not even that we integrated a scorecard holder and a pencil holder into the design. It’s the way we carefully positioned the pencil holder to avoid scratched wrists and torn golf gloves. That’s what we mean by attention to detail.
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